November 18, 2020 4:20 PM
The multinational Apple reached a out-of-court settlement in the US for which it will pay USD 113 million as compensation for having slowed down deliberately older models of your phones iPhone, as reported by the parties on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
The plaintiffs in this case they are a coalition of 33 state (including California, Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, and Indiana) and the District of Columbia (where Washington, the capital) who accused Apple of having deceived the customers and having hidden information relevant.
The Company who drives Tim Cook admitted long ago that he had slowed down the functioning iPhone models ancient like 6 and 7 by means of updates operating system iOS, with the objective, according to the company, of compensating capacity more limited of its batteries and thus prevent devices overloaded and shut down.
However, there was voices both from the consumers as from state governments that considered that what Apple was doing by slowing down older models was making their functioning and thus encourage purchase of new phones Y batteries, so they sued the company.
Last March, the signature of the bitten apple already reached another out-of-court settlement for the same reason, in that case before a class action lawsuit Presented by users to which he agreed to pay a total of USD 500 million.
A key element of the case is that although the practice Apple to slow down iPhones to prevent problems with batteries was not illegal, according to lawyers the fact that the company did not communicate it openly to those affected led them to believe that it was a problem of obsolescence his phones and led them to buy new Models.
Always according to the plaintiffs’ lawyers, if they had known the reason why their phones had slowed down, users could have replaced the battery instead of buying a new device, what would have had a Economic cost much less.