The multinational Apple has reached an out-of-court settlement in the United States for which it will pay $ 113 million in compensation for deliberately slowing down older models of its iPhone phones, the parties said on Wednesday (November 18, 2020).
The plaintiffs in this case are a coalition of 33 states (including California, Texas, Arizona, Arkansas and Indiana) and the District of Columbia (where the capital Washington is located) that accused Apple of deceiving customers and withholding relevant information.
The firm led by Tim Cook admitted long ago that it had slowed the operation of older iPhone models like the 6 and 7 by updating the iOS operating system, with the goal, according to the company. , to compensate for the more limited capacity of its devices. batteries to prevent devices from overcharging and turning off.
However, there were voices from both consumers and state governments who felt that what Apple was doing by slowing down older models was making their performance worse and thus prompting the purchase of new phones and batteries, so they continued. the society.
Last March, the bitten apple firm already reached another out-of-court settlement for the same reason, in this case before a class action lawsuit brought by users to whom it agreed to pay a total of $ 500 million.
A key part of the case is that while Apple’s practice of slowing down iPhones to avoid battery problems was not illegal, lawyers say, the company not having openly communicated to them. people involved led them to believe that it was a problem of obsolescence of their phones and led them to buy new models.
Still according to the plaintiffs’ lawyers, if they had known the reason for the slowdown in their phone, users could have replaced the battery instead of buying a new device, which would have had a much lower economic cost.