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Apple agrees to pay additional US$113 million settlement for throttling speed of older iPhones

By Liu Hongzuo - on 22 Nov 2020, 10:26am

Apple agrees to pay additional US$113 million settlement for throttling speed of older iPhones

Note: This article was first published on 19 Nov 2020.

The 2017 incident revolving around Apple's throttling of iPhone performance is coming to a head, with the U.S. company agreeing to pay out an additional US$113 million settlement to 34 U.S. states.

As spotted on Washington Post, the states' attorneys general across 34 states joined hands for this class action settlement, with Apple agreeing to pay the above amount. This is on top of a separate US$500 million settlement seen earlier this year that covered users of iPhone 6 and 7 devices.

The US$113 million settlement has yet to receive full approval by a U.S. judge. If it goes through, it will be dispersed among iPhone users in different states with California seeing the lion's share.

To recap, Apple was called out for deliberately slowing down older iPhone models as the batteries of these phones degraded. The contention revolved around the alleged misrepresentation to users, where they could be led to believe they need a new phone when a battery replacement would've sufficed. Apple has since provided optional throttling on iPhones (under Battery > Battery Health > Peak Performance Capability).

Like the US$500 million settlement, iPhone users outside of the 34 participating states most likely won't see compensation, since it's within the legal jurisdiction of U.S. class-action lawsuits and claims.

Source: The VergeWashington Post