Charge, please: Apple will pay $113M to settle 34-state ‘batterygate’ lawsuit

Thursday, 19 Nov, 2020

A coalition of U.S. state attorneys general has secured a $113 million settlement with Apple for its "throttling" of consumers' iPhone speeds to prevent an unexpected shutdown of devices, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said in a Wednesday statement.

Following a multistate investigation, Attorneys General alleged that Apple learned that battery issues were causing iPhones to turn off unexpectedly as early as 2012.

"One thing that Apple did is that they discovered that their iPhones dating back to 2016 had battery issues, and rather than letting consumers know about it, they did some kind of software updates", said Bennion.

Under the settlement, Apple will pay OH $4.3 million.

"Many consumers decided that the only way to get improved performance was to purchase a newer-model iPhone from Apple", Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich wrote in a complaint made public on Wednesday.

Almost 3.5 million iPhones in New Jersey were affected by the battery performance issues and undisclosed throttling, Grewal said.

Investigators from 34 states and the District of Columbia, including Democratic and Republican attorneys general, joined the settlement.

The company's much maligned throttling efforts drew nationwide scorn when they came to light in 2017, stunning consumers who at the time saw it as an attempt to nudge them into buying newer, more expensive devices.

The report does not contain any information about the design of the smartphone, but it is reported that the supplier of the display panels is Samsung, which confirms previous rumors that Apple ordered samples of matrices from the Korean company.

Provide iPhone consumers with information about the battery performance and service options in the user interface (e.g., Settings Battery Battery Health).

Consumers inquiring about their potential eligibility for iPhone battery replacements can contact Apple Support at this link. It consistently advertised its iPhones as premium products, with an emphasis on speed, performance, and battery life.

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The Apple settlement includes $24.6 million to its home state of California and $7.6 million to Texas - the two states with the most affected iPhone user bases. Consumers whose devices were affected have previously received notification about how to submit a claim.