Apple has reached an out-of-court settlement in the US for which it will pay $ 113 million as compensation for deliberately slowing down older models of its iPhone phones, as reported by the parties on Wednesday.
The plaintiffs in this case are a coalition of states (including California, Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, and Indiana) and the District of Columbia (where Washington, the capital, is located). who accused Apple of having misled customers.
At the company directed by Tim Cook long ago admitted that it had slowed down older iPhone models like the 6 and 7 through updates to the iOS operating system, in order, according to the company, to compensate for the more limited capacity of its batteries and thus prevent devices from overloading and shutting down.
But nevertheless, Consumers like and state governments felt that what Apple was doing by slowing down older models was making their performance worse and thus incentivizing the purchase of new phones and batteries, so they sued the company. Last March, the firm of the bitten apple already reached another out-of-court settlement for the same reason, in that case before a class action lawsuit filed by users to whom it agreed to pay a total of 500 million dollars.
A key element of the case is that although Apple’s practice of slowing down iPhones to prevent battery problems was not illegal, the fact that the company did not openly communicate it to those affected led them to believe that it was an obsolescence problem. of their phones and led them to buy new models.
Since if they had known why their phones had slowed down, users could have replaced the battery instead of buying a new device, which would have cost much less money.