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.
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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

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


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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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Apple will pay $113 million for throttling older iPhones in new ‘batterygate’ settlement

Apple doesn’t find itself apologizing often, but it’s a big deal when it does — like in 2017, after customers realized the company had been quietly throttling the speed of older iPhones. Apple quickly explained it was designed to protect those phones from aging batteries and offered $29 battery replacements to smooth things over, but lawsuits followed, with the company first agreeing to a $500 million class action settlement earlier this year.



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Now, the company’s agreed to a second settlement — this time, with 34 US states — that might see the company paying an additional $113 million. The states attorneys general had sued Apple for hiding both the throttling and battery degradation from iPhone owners, arguing that Apple “fully understood” that by concealing the issues, it could spend a year profiting off of people who bought a new iPhone

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Zoom Shares Tumble on FTC Settlement, Pfizer Vaccine News

Zoom Video Communications  (ZM) – Get Report shares extended declines Monday after the Federal Trade Commission said it will require the online meeting group to enhance its security privacy features.

In a settlement the FTC reached with the San Jose-California tech group linked to privacy complaints from users whose information was collected during recorded conferences, the FTC said it will require Zoom to “implement a robust information security program” as well as a “prohibition on privacy and security misrepresentations.”

Zoom had told regulators that it offered ‘end-to-end, 26 bit encryption” to secure users’ communications, “when in fact it provided a lower level of security”, the FTC said, giving users a false sense of security.

“During the pandemic, practically everyone—families, schools, social groups, businesses—is using videoconferencing to communicate, making the security of these platforms more critical than ever,” said the FTC’s director of consumer protection, Andrew Smith. “Zoom’s security

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