Apple will pay $ 113 million in the US for slowing down old iPhones | ECONOMY

Updated 11/18/2020 at 5:00 PM

The multinational Apple has reached an out-of-court settlement in United States for which he will pay $ 113 million in compensation for deliberately slowing down older models of his phones iPhonethe parties reported.

The plaintiffs in this case are a coalition of 33 states (including California, Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, and Indiana) and the District of Columbia (where Washington, the capital, is located) that accused Apple of misleading customers and of having hidden relevant information.

The firm that runs Tim Cook admitted long ago that it had slowed down the operation of older iPhone models such as the 6 and 7 through updates to the iOS operating system, with the aim, according to the company, to compensate for the more limited capacity of its batteries and thus prevent devices to overload and shut down.

However, there were voices both from consumers and from state governments who considered that what Apple was doing by slowing down old models was making their performance worse and thus incentivizing the purchase of new phones and batteries, so they sued the company.

Last March, the firm of the bitten apple already reached another out-of-court settlement for the same reason, in that case before a class action lawsuit filed by users to whom it agreed to pay a total of US $ 500 million.

A key element of the case is that although Apple’s practice of slowing down iPhones to prevent battery problems 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 of their phones and led them to buy new models.

Always according to the plaintiffs’ lawyers, if they had known why their phones had slowed down, users could have replaced the battery instead of buying a new device, which would have had a much lower economic cost.

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