Wednesday, 02 December, 2020


Apple Reaches $113 Million Settlement with States over iPhone Throttling

Apple to Pay $113 Million to Resolve Claims Over iPhone Battery Apple Agrees To Pay $113 Million To Settle 'Batterygate' Case Over iPhone Slowdowns
Conrad Doyle | 22 November, 2020, 00:11

Apple Inc. will pay $113 million to resolve allegations the company misled consumers and masked iPhone battery performance issues, with a portion of the total settlement going to various California agencies, including the San Diego County District Attorney's Office, it was announced Wednesday.

Earlier this year Apple agreed to pay up to $500 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over the same issue.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel joined more than 30 attorneys general in a $113 million settlement with Apple Inc regarding the company's 2016 decision to throttle customers' iPhone speeds.

The second settlement will cover 34 U.S. states, including the District of Columbia.

To fix this, the complaint alleges that Apple created software updates that it said would "improve power management", but instead throttled, or slowed, the phone's processing ability. Apple is the most valuable company on this planet, and it acted deceptively by hiding the shutdown and slowdown problems. Now, the company has integrated Shazam's functionalities into its iPhone, allowing users to recognise songs that are playing with a single tap.

Unsurprisingly, Apple denied that this was the case.

The update claims to offer an optimized battery charging, especially for the Apple AirPods to slow the rate of battery ageing by reducing the time the AirPods spend fully charged.

But the coalition of states, led by Arizona, Arkansas and IN, argued that Apple's update was deceptive and the company should have either replaced batteries or disclosed the issue publicly.

"Big tech companies must stop manipulating consumers and tell them the whole truth about their practices and product", Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a press release, as reported by CNN.

Apple will pay $US113 million in a settlement for an investigation into its past practice of intentionally slowing down people's iPhones.

Users of iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 will be eligible for $25 payouts.

The lawsuit alleged that iPhone 6 and 7 generation phones were equipped with batteries that were susceptible to unexpected power-offs when those batteries could not provide sufficient voltage to support phone processing performance. "Companies can not be disingenuous and hide things".

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