These 33 USA states claimed that the company had done this to drive consumers into purchasing new iPhones.
Apple has agreed to pay an additional $113 million to 34 USA state prosecutors over the "Batterygate" fiasco, when Apple deliberately slowed down older iPhone models without giving consumers notice. Apple has said that it did so to preserve ageing battery life amid widespread reports of iPhones unexpectedly turning off. The company maintained that it wasn't necessary for iPhone users to replace their phones.
The attorneys general allege that Apple discovered battery issues were leading to unexpected shutdowns in iPhones.
The update claims to offer an optimized battery charging, especially for the Apple AirPods to slow the rate of battery ageing by reducing the time the AirPods spend fully charged.
Users have taken their problems on Reddit and Apple Community thread where many users can be seen reporting the lighting trouble.
While Apple publicly claimed the issue only impacted a small number of devices, investigators found that Apple was trying to hide the full scope of the problem from the public.
Last spring Apple chose to enter into a settlement in the case.
Julie Steinberg of Bloomberg Law initially reported the settlement is a joint complaint between the same 66 class-action lawsuits between 2017 and 2018.
But the coalition of states, led by Arizona, Arkansas and IN, argued that Apple's update was deceptive and the company should have either replaced batteries or disclosed the issue publicly.
However, legal challenges continued. That settlement called for Apple to pay consumers at least $25 per iPhone, though some consumers who had already spent hundreds on new devices saw the payments as too little, too late. For Arizona's share it will be used to pay for the attorney fees and to fund future investigations relating to consumer protection. Apple also agreed to operate a website that makes iPhone updates that affect batteries "clear and conspicuous" to consumers.
Other changelog with the update includes fix for MMS messages not being received and sound quality issue on made for iPhone hearing devices. "Companies can not be disingenuous and hide things".