Apple is paying $113 million to settle an investigation by 34 states and the District of Columbia over the company’s practice of slowing down the performance of older iPhones when their batteries degrade. The practice wasn’t announced by Apple but rather . That led regulators and customers alike to criticize the company for not being forthcoming, particularly when asked about it in the past.
“Big Tech must stop manipulating consumers and tell them the whole truth about their practices and products,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who helped lead the investigation, said in a statement. “I’m committed to holding these goliath technology companies to account if they conceal the truth from their users.” Apple will pay Arizona in particular $5 million, with the rest split among other states. The Washington Post earlier reported the news.
In court filings, Apple said it had agreed to the settlement to resolve the investigation, but it added that “nothing contained herein may be taken as or construed to be an admission or concession of any violation of law, rule, or regulation, or of any other matter of fact or law, or of any liability or wrongdoing, all of which Apple expressly denies.”
“No part of this judgment, including its statements and commitments, shall constitute evidence of any liability, fault, or wrongdoing by Apple,” the company said in the filings.
The news is the latest example of how big tech is coming under ever more scrutiny from regulators and lawmakers. Though the “batterygate” saga, as it’s known, happened before larger tech scandals like