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