- James Clayton
- BBC, Technology Reporter
Apple will pay $ 113 million to settle a lawsuit that argued that the tech giant was purposely slowing down older iPhone models.
33 states in the US argued that Apple used the tactic to force your consumers to buy new devices.
Millions of people were affected when their iPhone 6 and 7 and SE models slowed down in 2016. The scandal came to be called “batterygate” because it had to do with battery life.
The company declined to comment, however, it had previously said that mobiles had been slowed down to preserve the life of old batteries.
The settlement comes independently of another settlement proposal that Apple came up with in March to pay iPhone users up to a total of $ 500 million after a class action lawsuit.
In 2016, Apple updated the software for the iPhone 6, 7 and SE models – which slowed down the chip on those older phones.
Apple acknowledged that the update reduced available power after researchers found unusual slowdowns in 2017.
The plaintiff states held that Apple had acted deceptively and that he should have replaced the batteries or revealed the problem.
According to a lawsuit filed in Arizona, millions of users were affected by power outages.
Apple denies that the slowdown was applied for profit.
But Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a court document released Wednesday that “many consumers decided that the only way to improve performance was to buy a newer iPhone model from Apple.”
“Apple, of course, fully understood those effects on sales.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Apple did not have to acknowledge it acted illegally nor did it violate laws, but had to agree to provide “true information” for the next three years on the energy management of iPhones on its website and in update notifications.
The settlement comes after a series of lawsuits against Apple.
Currently, it is in a legal battle with Epic Games, which accuses the technology giant of using the domain of its application store (App Store) to unfairly charge software developers.
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