Over thirty state attorney generals have penalized Apple $113 million for slowing down older model iPhones without informing owners…
Back in February, a French regulatory agency hit the Apple corporation with a €25 million fine against Apple over its OEM hardware practices for not being transparent with its customers. Now, over thirty state attorney generals have announced a $113 million multistate settlement with Apple for the same practices. This, over what’s been come to be known as “Batterygate,” or, the throttling of older iPhone models.
States’ Attorney Generals Hit Apple with $113 Million Fine for iPhone Throttling
Starting sometime in late 2016 and early 2017, the Apple corporation released update 10.2.1. Once applied, iPhone owners noticed their devices slowed down. Apple states the update was designed to prevent unexpected shutdowns due to the larger disparity between the operating system’s increased needs and the fact that older batteries had already started to degrade.
However, the corporation never informed device owners that by upgrading their batteries, they would not be affected. So, people simply assumed that purchasing an entirely new (and very expensive) phone was their only alternative. Furthermore, 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.