Apple agreed to pay $ 113 million (more than 85 thousand 600 million Chilean pesos) to resolve a lawsuit with more than 30 states in the United States that accused him of reducing the performance of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 to extend the life of the battery, an official source reported this Wednesday.
The amount will be divided between California and 33 other states, announced the state attorney general, Xavier Becerra, it’s a statement.
“Apple withheld information about its batteries that slowed the performance of iPhones, while passing it off as an upgrade,” said the prosecutor.
“This kind of behavior hurts consumers’ pockets and it limits their ability to make informed purchases, ”he added.
“Today’s agreement (Wednesday) assures consumers access to the information they need to make a well-informed decision when they buy and use Apple products,” said Becerra.
The complaints were focused against the models iPhone 6 and 7 and some of its updates, which were actually used to restrict the performance of devices to save battery power without the knowledge of users, according to states.
Apple, at the moment, did not comment on the subject.
In court documents, the iPhone maker agreed to pay “solely for the purpose of a settlement” but without any admission of fault.
Months ago, Apple agreed to pay up to $ 500 million to settle a class action lawsuit on the same matter.
In December 2017, the tech giant admitted that the iOS software was modified to decrease the performance of older iPhones, whose battery was deteriorating, to prevent phones from turning off spontaneously.
Many voices were raised against Apple, which they accused of surreptitiously forcing users to buy new models earlier than necessary. Those complaints prompted the group to update its software and offer deep discounts on replacement batteries.