Apple finds itself in legal trouble : at the expense of $113 million

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Apple will soon proceed on to make yet another payout concerning the iPhone “Batterygate” uproar. As per the reports of the Washington post, the tech giant has indeed agreed to a settlement that will see the company pay an accumulated sum of $113 million to 34 states over its decision to quietly throttle the processor in the iPhone 6S as well as other models in order to prevent unexpected battery related shutdowns.

The Batterygate deal follows an Apple settlement which is worth up to $500 million from earlier in 2020. While the agreement doesn’t require the company to admit to any wrongdoing, the Arizona Attorney General’s office did in fact say that the brand would have to offer “truthful” iPhone battery health, performance and power management ratio.

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Nonetheless, the status quo isn’t really subject to too much change even with all this in mind. Apple went on to confirm that it was throttling devices such as the iPhone 6S back in December 2017 and the company took upon itself to discount battery replacements to that of a sum equaling $29 so as to help all those that were affected. It then released an update in early 2018 that not only illustrated battery health, but also gave users the choice to disable the throttling if indeed they were willing to risk shutdowns.

The outrage that has been caused with respect to Battery gate wasn’t centered so much on the basis of throttling as it was centered on Apple’s lack of disclosure. While Apple did indeed claim that it was throttling the battery on models such as the iPhone 6S so as to extend the hardware’s useful lifespan, it didn’t exactly properly notify customers. Some customers were even concerned that Apple was actually slowing down iPhones in order to prompt early upgrades. Whatever the true motivations were remain to be in the unknown but the fact of the matter is that many customers took the decision to buy new handsets when a battery purchase would have sufficed.


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