Apple has agreed to pay 34 US states millions of dollars for its controversial past practice of deliberately slowing down older iPhones to extend battery life.
The company will pay $ 155 million to resolve an investigation by states like California and Arizona on how Apple was not transparent about its iPhone battery problems that led to unexpected shutdowns of the device.
Rather than disclose the problem to consumers or replace the batteries, it released a software update in December 2016 that affected the performance of older iPhone models.
News of the practice upset Apple consumers, prompting what some called a “battery door.” Many believed it was an effort to encourage users to buy new iPhones.
“I am committed to holding these tech giants accountable when they withhold important information from users.”
“First of all, we have never done, and never would do, anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product or degrade the user experience to drive customer updates.”
Despite the mea culpa, he faced legal ramifications. In March, Apple settled more than $ 500 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that accuses it of slowing down iPhones to force users to buy new ones.
In addition to paying states millions of dollars, Apple agreed to provide updates on the status, performance and power management of the iPhone battery on its website or installation notes.