Apple will pay out up to $500 million to settle one lawsuit filed in the US for the company’s practice of throttling older model iPhones…
At the beginning of last month, the government of France hit the Apple corporation with a €25 million fine for its OEM hardware practices of throttling older model iPhones. Now, a lawsuit in the United States could be settled for the same for as much as $500 million — or approximately $25 per device.
Apple Settling iPhone Throttling Lawsuit for Up to $500 Million
Apple is expected to resolve the dispute, which affected the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus and SE models that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later, according to a recent report by Reuters. Additionally, the settlement includes the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. (That is, if they ran iOS 11.2 or later before December 21st, 2017.)
The lawsuit actually dates back to three years ago, in 2017, when the tech company admitted it intentionally slowed down older iPhones with aging batteries in order to prevent them from unexpectedly shutting down.
At the time, Apple did not make it clear that owners of older iPhones could avoid slowdowns simply by purchasing new batteries. So, many people assumed the only solution was to upgrade to a new and much more expensive model. (Although, the company did temporarily lower the replacement battery cost from $79 down to $29 for out-of-warranty models.)
Also, the company did not offer people an option to roll back to a previous version of iOS, which would also let them avoid throttling. Instead, Apple refrained from providing a software rollback.