Everything seems to indicate that Apple will pay dearly for its monopolistic practices, this time focused on planned obsolescence. A report from The Washington Post revealed that the tech giant will pay $ 113 million to solve an investigation in 34 states and the District of Columbia that accuses it of slowing down old iPhones.
The history of legal scrutiny is not new, as the investigation dates back to 2017, when many iPhone users reported performance issues after upgrading to newer versions of iOS. Apple admitted responsibility, explaining that the “feature” was meant to protect battery life on older models by preventing blackouts.
Now, again Apple acknowledged the practice, explaining that it had adjusted its technology to prevent even models like the iPhone 6s from experiencing unexpected failures. The planned obsolescence move also prompted Apple to issue a public apology, and to begin offering battery replacements to consumers.
“Big tech must stop manipulating consumers and tell them the whole truth about their practices and products,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a statement. “I am committed to holding these tech giants accountable if they hide the truth from their users.”