The iPhone maker allegedly misled consumers through software updates that purposely slowed iPhone performance to mask battery issues that made the phones susceptible to unexpected power shutoffs.
Apple Inc will pay $113 million (£85 million) to settle allegations from 33 USA states and the District of Columbia that it slowed down iPhones to mask battery issues and get users to purchase new devices, state officials announced on Wednesday.
Apple in 2016 quietly updated software on models of the iPhone 6, 7 and SE to throttle chip speeds so that ageing batteries on the devices would not send power spikes to the phone's processor and cause it to unexpectedly shut down. Replacing a failing battery successfully fixes the problem that leads to shutdowns.
Apple did not immediately reply to request for comment. While Apple didn't specify specifically what was going on, the company did acknowledge in its update notes that the lock screen may "become unresponsive on iPhone 12 Mini".
"Big Tech companies must stop manipulating consumers and tell them the whole truth about their practices and products", Arizona Attorney General Mark Bronovich said in a statement.
"This settlement delivers justice on behalf of iPhone users and makes it clear that companies that use unfair business practices, such as throttling or slowing iPhone performance, will be held accountable", Stephan said.
MacRumours got their hands on the document addressed to Apple Authorized Service Providers that says Apple is now investigating the issue.
The second settlement will cover 34 USA states, including the District of Columbia. The settlement with states is subject to court approval. Customers from Apple's home state of California will receive $24.6 million as part of the overall settlement.
This new investigation was launched by more than 30 states, including Arizona, Arkansas, and IN, according to a press release.
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