“This type of behavior hurts consumers’ pockets and 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,” Becerra said.
The complaints focused on the iPhone 6 and 7 models and some of their updates, which were actually used to restrict the performance of the devices to save battery power without the knowledge of users, according to the states.
Months ago, Apple had 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 iOS software was tweaked to decrease the performance of older iPhones, whose battery was deteriorating, to prevent phones from spontaneously shutting down.
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.
On the other hand, this Wednesday the company announced on Wednesday that will cut its App Store fees for small developers in half, a move taken under pressure from lawsuits related to its 30% commission and increased antitrust surveillance of the online market.
The iPhone maker said that developers who make less than $ 1 million selling apps in its store will pay only 15% of their revenue to Apple.
However, the announcement it won’t mean any change for developers who generate big revenue from wildly popular apps like Spotify and successful games publisher Epic Games.
Apple said the “vast majority” of developers will benefit from its program launched to give businesses a boost during the pandemic, which takes effect on January 1.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our global economy and the heart of innovation and opportunity in communities around the world,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.