Apple to pay another US$113M to settle iPhone battery claims

Yolanda Curtis
November 20, 2020

Three class-action lawsuits were opened in the USA for this, with people accusing Apple of fraud, forcing users to buy new devices and more.

California will receive $24.6 million of the total settlement, which includes injunctive terms to include clear disclosures on iPhones and Apple's website informing consumers when updates will affect processing performance and how the company manages battery performance issues.

Apple declined Business Insider's request for comment and pointed to a part of the filing that stated Apple's settlement does not imply admittance of wrongdoing.

The iPhone maker allegedly misled consumers through software updates that purposely slowed iPhone performance to mask battery issues that made the phones susceptible to unexpected power shutoffs.

It has now agreed to a $113 million settlement with 34 USA states and the District of Columbia for breaking the consumer protection law.

It is alleged that old phones were slowed down to try and extend battery life. Replacing a failing battery successfully fixes the problem that leads to shutdowns.

"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.

MacRumours got their hands on the document addressed to Apple Authorized Service Providers that says Apple is now investigating the issue. The settlement with states is subject to court approval.

Arizona, along with the attorneys general for IN and Arkansas, led the investigation.

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

Nowhere near as small as the iPhone 12 mini or as powerful as any one of Apple's four main iPhone 12 variants released of late, the "regular-sized" iPhone 11 is still pretty compact and reasonably fast, with a 6.1-inch screen and A13 Bionic processor in tow.

This new fine was announced on Thursday morning in Arizona, the culmination of a lawsuit brought by more than 30 U.S. states.

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