Apple to pay $113 million in latest iPhone ‘Batterygate’ settlement

  • Apple will settle another “Batterygate” lawsuit, this time paying $113 million.
  • The 34-state agreement follows a $500 million settlement earlier in 2020.
  • Whether or not you get money is another matter.

Apple will soon make another payout over the iPhone “Batterygate” uproar. As the Washington Post (via The Verge) reports, Apple has agreed to a settlement that will see it pay 34 states a total of $113 million over its decision to quietly throttle the processor in the iPhone 6S and other models to prevent unexpected battery-related shutdowns.

The Batterygate deal follows an Apple settlement worth up to $500 million from earlier in 2020. The agreement doesn’t require that Apple admits any wrongdoing, but the Arizona Attorney General’s office said the company would have to offer “truthful” iPhone battery health, performance, and power management info.

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Apple’s ‘Batterygate’ Saga Wraps Up With $113 Million Settlement

Apple CEO Tim Cook makes his settlement face.

Apple CEO Tim Cook makes his settlement face.
Photo: Mandel Ngan (Getty Images)

Younger readers might not know, but there was once an annual tradition in which Apple would release a new iPhone, old iPhones would suddenly start performing poorly, and users would speculate about a conspiracy to get them to buy the shiny new thing. It turned out that a conspiracy, of sorts, did exist, and Apple has been trying to make the whole embarrassing saga go away for years. On Wednesday, the finish line came into view after Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that an investigation involving 34 states is concluding with a settlement and no admission of guilt from Apple.

In 2017, Apple admitted that updates to iOS were throttling older iPhone models but framed it as a misunderstanding. Apple said that the software tweaks were intended to mitigate unwanted shutdowns in devices

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Apple to pay $113M settlement over its iPhone ‘batterygate’ slowdowns


Apple landed in hot water over its handling of users’ batteries.


Apple is paying $113 million to settle an investigation by 34 states and the District of Columbia over the company’s practice of slowing down the performance of older iPhones when their batteries degrade. The practice wasn’t announced by Apple but rather proved by internet sleuths. That led regulators and customers alike to criticize the company for not being forthcoming, particularly when asked about it in the past.

“Big Tech must stop manipulating consumers and tell them the whole truth about their practices and products,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who helped lead the investigation, said in a statement. “I’m committed to holding these goliath technology companies to account if they conceal the truth from their users.” Apple will pay Arizona in particular $5 million, with the rest split among other states. The Washington Post earlier reported the

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