IOS 14.2.1 update from Apple for iPhone 12 series

IOS 14.2.1 update from Apple for iPhone 12 series

In these states, attorneys argued that Apple intentionally hid performance throttling and details of battery degradation from the public.

"Apple withheld information about their batteries that slowed down iPhone performance, all while passing it off as an update", said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, whose state will receive $24.6 million from the settlement.

This isn't the first time the company has been brought to task over alleged iPhone slowing. These problems have been reported from users of all the four iPhone 12 models (the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max) and Apple is aware of the issue.

The attorneys general say Apple discovered the battery issues were leading to unexpected shutdowns but concealed the issue, leading to consumers buying new phones when they only needed new batteries. Several users complained about the issue on the Web, though Apple didn't make any acknowledgement initially.

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. As part of the deal, Apple did not admit to breaking any laws or any other wrongdoing.

Nonetheless, the legal challenges continued. And in March, Apple agreed to cough up $US500 million in a class-action lawsuit that claimed the company slowed phones to prompt customers to upgrade to newer ones. This settlement called for the company to pay users at least $25 per iPhone. For Arizona's share it will be used to pay for the attorney fees and to fund future investigations relating to consumer protection.

"Big Tech must stop manipulating consumers and tell them the whole truth about their practices and products". "I'm committed to holding these goliath technology companies accountable when they hide important information from users".

The tech titan also agreed for the next three years to provide "truthful information" about iPhone power management across its website, software update notes and iPhone settings.

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