Apple to Pay $113m to Settle Lawsuit Over Slow iPhones
Apple is set to pay $113m to settle the lawsuit that alleged it purposely slowed down the older iPhones to increase the sales of the new models. The lawsuit, filed by the 33 states of the United States, alleged that the models of iPhone 6 and 7 and SE were slowed down in 2016, calling it a scandal “batterygate”.
Apple had claimed that these phones were slowed to preserve their aging battery life.
It is not the first such settlement accepted by the mobile phone manufacturer as earlier in March, Apple agreed to pay the affected iPhone owners up to $500m as compensation following a class action lawsuit.
Apple had updated its software on older models like iPhone 6, 7 and SE in 2016 and compressed the chip speeds on the aging iPhones. In the next year, the users found unusual slowdowns and Apple acknowledged that its update reduced the power demands.
The US states filed a lawsuit, saying that the company should have replaced batteries or at least disclosed the issue well in advance. In Arizona, millions of users were affected by these unusual slowdowns. However, Apple denied that the slowdown was to make financial gain.
“Many consumers decided that the only way to get improved performance was to purchase a newer-model iPhone from Apple. Apple, of course, fully understood such effects on sales,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said as quoted by BBC.
Apple did not admit to the cheating act but agreed that it will provide “truthful information” about iPhones for the next three years on its website, publishing notes on software updates and iPhone settings.
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