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Apple will pay users another $ 113 million to artificially slow down old iPhones

Apple has agreed to pay $ 113 million to settle charges against 34 US states and the District of Columbia for intentionally slowing down some older iPhones through a software update to hide battery problems and encourage users to buy new devices.

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In 2016, Apple updated software on iPhone 6, 7, and SE smartphones to slow down devices with worn-out batteries during peak periods to prevent sudden shutdowns. Plaintiffs allege that Apple chose a deceptive path instead of replacing batteries or reporting a problem.

Apple is also committed to providing “truthful information” about iPhone power management on its website, software update notes, and iPhone settings over the next three years. Apple’s settlement with the states is now due for court approval.

This is not the first lawsuit or the first settlement over the deliberate slowdown of iPhones. Apple settled a multi-year class action lawsuit in March this year, agreeing to pay $ 500 million. Most of that amount went to pay $ 25 damages to iPhone users who joined the class action lawsuit. However, the company did not have to admit its guilt even after the end of the trial. A month earlier, a French consumer advocacy group fined Apple 25 million euros, arguing that the company should have been more transparent and open.

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