Apple to pay $113 Million fine for slowing down older iPhones

Apple to pay $113 Million fine for slowing down older iPhones

Apple eventually accepted the settlement and agreed to replace old batteries at a heavily-discounted price. A judge is yet to approve the new settlement of up to US$113 million, so it may be a while before Apple compensates anyone.

Apple did not immediately reply to request for comment.

Apple's feature was meant to eliminate unexpected shutdowns that older iPhones were experiencing due to exhausted batteries, but it did so through throttling the maximum performance of devices with chemically aged batteries. Apple at the time did admit that the updates indeed slowed down the phones to prevent their ageing batteries from causing the devices to randomly shut down.

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.

According to an Arizona filing, millions of users were affected by power shutoffs.

Earlier this year, several states launched an investigation into Apple's iPhone "throttling" practices, aiming to determine whether Apple's slowing of older iPhones through power management "violated deceptive trade practice laws".

"Apple, of course, fully understood such effects on sales". "Today's settlement ensures consumers will have access to the information they need to make a well-informed decision when purchasing and using Apple products".

In addition to paying states millions of dollars, Apple agreed to provide updates about iPhone battery health, performance and power management on its website or installation notes.

The issue does not appear to all iPhone 12 devices, and may hence only be linked to a specific few production batches of the iPhone 12 series.

It is now locked in a legal battle with Epic Games - amid accusations the iPhone-maker uses its stranglehold over its App Store to unfairly charge developers. This came as the states attorney generals sued Apple for hiding the fact that it was slowing down the affected iPhones from their owners.

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