Apple to Settle iPhone ‘Batterygate’ Lawsuit for $113 Million

Darnell Taylor
November 22, 2020

We had reported about this issue earlier, many iPhone 12 mini users had complained about the locked screens on their device being unresponsive in places, and the issue was widespread enough for it to be a problem.

The attorneys general say Apple discovered the battery issues were leading to unexpected shutdowns but concealed the issue, leading to consumers buying new phones when they only needed new batteries. "Apple, of course, fully understood such effects on sales". In addition, it has since made it possible for iOS users to decide whether to allow their iPhone to slow down if their battery is worn out. Apple has said that it did so to preserve ageing battery life amid widespread reports of iPhones unexpectedly turning off.

Apple eventually accepted the settlement and agreed to replace old batteries at a heavily-discounted price.

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Apple did not immediately reply to request for comment.

Apple will pay $US113 million in a settlement for an investigation into its past practice of intentionally slowing down people's iPhones. Last month, Republican attorneys general in 11 states joined the U.S. Department of Justice in an antitrust lawsuit against Google, and bipartisan, large groups of attorneys general also have ongoing probes into Facebook and Google over potentially deceptive and anticompetitive practices.

Nonetheless, the legal challenges continued. That settlement called for Apple to pay consumers at least $25 per iPhone, though some consumers who had already spent hundreds on new devices saw the payments as too little, too late. The new settlement includes USD 5 million to Arizona, USD 24.6 million to California, and USD 7.6 million to Texas. "Big Tech companies must stop manipulating consumers and tell them the whole truth about their practices and products", said Brnovich in today's announcement. "I'm committed to holding these goliath technology companies accountable when they hide important information from users". Apple has also agreed to be more transparent about similar changes to iOS devices in the future, providing more detail about battery health and power management.

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