Apple to pay $113 Million fine for slowing down older iPhones

Apple to pay $113 Million fine for slowing down older iPhones

Tech giants Apple have been ordered to pay $113 million (approximately €95 million) in a lawsuit settlement after admitting to slowing down old iPhones.

Apple defended its actions as a way to prevent unintended shutdowns of the older iPhones as their batteries deteriorated but critics contended the company did it to help spur more consumers to upgrade to newer models.

Apple, which has denied wrongdoing, declined to comment on the settlement.

The so-called "batterygate" scandal dates back to 2017 when customers began noticing that their devices were slowing down after downloading new versions of Apple's software.

The iPhone 12 models are the first 5G iPhones from the company, and also offer a new design language that fuses the full-screen iPhone 11 layout with the square edged sides that was last seen with the iPhone 5.

Apple did not disclose the throttling when releasing the updates, and customers were outraged when it was discovered that ‌iPhone‌ performance was being downgraded.

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After the throttling was discovered, Apple apologized and launched a battery replacement program that saw the company offering batteries for older devices for $29.

"My colleagues and I are trying to get the attention of these big tech companies, and you would hope a multimillion-dollar judgment with more than 30 states will get their attention", Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in an interview. "I'm committed to holding these goliath technology companies to account if they hide the truth from their users", added Brnovich.

Apple also agreed to a $500 million settlement earlier this year to resolve private class-action litigation and provide restitution for iPhone owners affected by the throttling issues.

The settlement may sound enormous, but it's worth bearing in mind that Apple boasts an annual revenue of $275 billion - approximately €232 billion.

The lawsuit alleged that iPhone 6 and 7 generation phones were equipped with batteries that were susceptible to unexpected power-offs when those batteries could not provide sufficient voltage to support phone processing performance.

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