Apple will pay $113 million to settle a ‘batterygate’ investigation into its practice of intentionally slowing down old iPhones





Tim Cook wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Tim Cook in Cupertino in September 2019. Christoph Dernbach/picture alliance via Getty Images


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Tim Cook in Cupertino in September 2019. Christoph Dernbach/picture alliance via Getty Images

  • Apple will pay $113 million in a settlement for an investigation into its past practice of intentionally slowing down people’s iPhones.
  • The payout is the latest Apple has made in regard to the matter — the company paid $500 million to settle a class-action lawsuit in May.
  • Apple admitted to slowing phones down in 2017 and said it was to prevent old batteries from randomly shutting devices off, not to force customers to buy newer smartphone models, as some believed.
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Apple will pay a $113 million settlement in an investigation into the company’s practice of intentionally slowing old iPhones down, a move that some customers perceived as a tactic to force them into purchasing new, more expensive models. The Washington Post first reported the news.

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Apple declined Business Insider’s request for comment and pointed to a part of the filing that stated Apple’s settlement does not imply admittance of wrongdoing.

The so-called “batterygate” scandal dates back to 2017 when customers began noticing that their devices were slowing down after downloading new versions of Apple’s software. Apple at the time did admit that the updates indeed slowed down the phones to prevent their aging batteries from causing the devices to randomly shut down. Some customers and critics questioned if the move was instead designed to prompt more sales of new iPhone models, which Apple pushed back on.

This new investigation was launched by more than 30 states, including Arizona, Arkansas, and Indiana, according to a press release. The investigators alleged that Apple was aware that its updates were slowing devices down but failed to inform customers of the practice. In addition to the fine, Apple also legally committed to greater transparency.

“Big Tech companies must stop manipulating consumers and tell them the whole truth about their practices and products,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in the press release. “I’m committed to holding these goliath technology companies accountable when they conceal…

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