Apple pays up to $800 million to settle investigation by states on deliberate slowing down of older iphones to extend battery life

Apple will pay $113  million to 34 states over its practice of deliberately slowing down older iPhones to extend their battery life. This will settle an investigation by the states including California and Arizona over how the company was not transparent about its iPhone battery problems that led to unexpected device shutdowns. Instead of revealing the issue to consumers and replacing the batteries, it sold them software updates that impacted the performance of older iPhone models. The proposed settlement agreement requires Apple to pay the owners of certain iPhone models $25 per affected device, totaling a minimum of $310 million and a maximum of $500 million, according to documents released on Friday in US District Court in San Jose, California. The amount each user receives could increase or decrease depending on how many claims are filed as well as any additional legal fees and expenses approved by the court, the document added.

“Big Tech companies must stop manipulating consumers and tell them the whole truth about their practices and products,” said Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who helped lead the investigation,”I’m committed to holding these goliath technology companies accountable when they conceal important information from users.”

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