IPhone throttling lawsuit settled for $113M

IPhone throttling lawsuit settled for $113M

The settlement includes $5 million to Arizona, $24.6 million to Apple's home state of California and $7.6 million to Texas.

Starting back in 2016, Apple used updates to iOS to throttle the performance of older iPhones in a bid to improve battery life.

The company was sentenced to pay a large amount of $ 500 million in another investigation last March.

Apple says that iOS 14.2.1 should also be able to fix issues with some MMS messages not being received and also addressing some quality issues with some of the Made for iPhone hearing devices. "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".

Almost 3.5 million iPhones in New Jersey were affected by the battery performance issues and undisclosed throttling, Grewal said.

Arizona Attorney General Brnovich said the settlement on Wednesday exposed Apple's deceptive behavior around battery throttling.

Previously, the company denied that it purposely slowed iPhone batteries.

Apple "delayed informing consumers until well after many had already purchased new phones to replace ones they believed must be obsolete", Division of Consumer Affairs Director Paul R. Rodríguez said.

As part of the settlement, Apple agreed to provide "clear and easily visible information" on its website that explains how the company is handling battery performance issues, and to offer "a clear and easily visible notice" when an update "materially affects iPhone processing performance", among other terms.

"This settlement should remind companies that they have a legal responsibility to provide clear and truthful information to their customers and to treat them fairly", Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine said.

Apple was aware in 2016 that aging iPhone batteries couldn't deliver sufficient power to the devices at certain times, particularly during high-performance tasks, Grewal said. And in December 2017, the company eventually admitted that it slowed down batteries to address the device shutdown problem. The update brings bug fixes, especially for the iPhone 12 mini.

The tech titan likewise concurred for the following three years to give "honest data" about iPhone power the executives over its site, programming update notes, and iPhone settings.

Apple usually rolls out new iterations of the software for all supported devices, but the latest update - the iOS 14.2.1 - is only headed to the newly released iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

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