Apple pays R1.7 billion for slowing down old iPhones

Apple pays R1.7 billion for slowing down old iPhones

Louisiana is in line to receive nearly $3.3 million as part of a $113 million settlement of allegations brought by 34 states that the company deliberately slowed performance of older iPhones when their batteries degrade, Attorney General Jeff Landry said Wednesday.

A class action lawsuit brought forward in California had already led to Apple being fined $500 million (approximately €421 million) with regards to the alleged slowing down of iPhones. In turn, the attorneys claimed that Apple behaved this way with the understanding that it could profit from people who thought they needed to upgrade to a new iPhone because their existing one was running slowly or shutting down unexpectedly.

In the settlement, Apple is required to pay $113 million dollars.

"This settlement delivers justice on behalf of iPhone users and makes it clear that companies that use unfair business practices, such as throttling or slowing iPhone performance, will be held accountable", Stephan said.

In short, Batterygate relates to Apple's decision to deliberately slow down older mobile phones, without informing customers. States claimed that Apple acted deceptively and should have disclosed the issue or replace batteries. Some customers and critics questioned if the move was instead created to prompt more sales of new iPhone models, which Apple pushed back on.

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The investigation has now concluded, and Apple has opted to pay $113 million to settle the matter, reports The Washington Post.

Eventually, in December 2017, Apple did admit to the battery slowdowns, leading the company to issue a rare apology.

"Big Tech must stop manipulating consumers and tell them the whole truth about their practices and products". The funds will cover attorneys' fees and will be used to fund future consumer protection investigators. "Companies can not be disingenuous and hide things".

Apple has also agreed for the upcoming 3 years to provide "true information" about the power management of iPhone across iPhone settings, software update notes, and Apple's website.

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