Apple to Pay $113 Million to Settle Allegations it Purposely Slowed Down iPhones for Financial Gain | IGN

Apple will pay $113 million to settle allegations as to why it purposefully slowed down iPhone 6s, 7s, and SEs in 2016.

33 US states decided to take Apple to court over the practice of purposely slowing down iPhone performance, claiming that Apple throttled iPhone 6, 7, and SE units with the intent to push those iPhone owners into buying new devices.. Now the company is settling for $113 million, according to the BBC.

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The 33 states in the lawsuit claimed that Apple acted deceptively and should have either replaced batteries for users or disclosed the issue.

“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 said in a court document from the lawsuit. “Apple, of course, fully understood such effect on sales.”

Apple has admitted that it has slowed down older iPhones, but has said that phones are in fact slowed to preserve battery life when new updates hit. It acknowledged this in 2017 after researchers determined there were slowdowns on older models of phones, the BBC reports. Apple has always denied the decision was made for financial gain.

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The $113 million settlement does not require Apple to admit it did anything wrong or that it broke the law. The company did, however, agree to provide “truthful information” about iPhone batteries across its website, update notes and phone settings for the next three years. This settlement is different from the one Apple agreed to in March for a $500 million class action lawsuit.

The company still has battles to wage in court despite this settlement, namely the case between it and Epic Games. You can read about how Apple believes Epic requested a special deal in regards to the financial agreement made between the two when Epic put Fortnite on the Apple App Store, and then read how some of Apple’s claims it brought to court against Epic were recently thrown out by a judge.

After catching up on all of that, check out our thoughts on Apple’s latest iPhones in our iPhone 12 review and our iPhone 12 Pro review.

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Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes
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