Apple has decided to pay nearly R2-billion to settle claims that it purposefully slowed down older iPhones.
Called ‘batterygate’, this incident began in 2016 when people began to complain that their iPhone 6 and 7s were slowing down.
This appears to have occurred as Apple introduced a software update that throttled chip speeds in older phones.
Despite initially denying this, Apple acknowledged the updates throttle after researchers found the slowdowns to be beyond the usual battery slow down over time. However, they still claimed no intent.
Thirty-four US states argued that Apple acted deceptively as they did not initially disclose the issue.
“Many consumers decided that the only way to get improved performance was to purchase a newer-model iPhone from Apple,” wrote Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich in a court document. “Apple, of course, fully understood such effects on sales.”
Despite this statement, the settlement means the court won’t decide on wrongdoing, with Apple not having to admit to any wrongdoing or breaking any laws.
This still has to be decided in a settlement hearing that will decide whether the settlement was handled properly.