Apple has agreed to pay a $113m settlement following allegations from 33 US states that the company slowed down older iPhones in order to manipulate customers into purchasing newer devices.
In 2016, millions of people experienced a slowing down in the performance of their iPhone 6, 7 and SE models in a controversy that later came to be known as “batterygate”.
The tech-giant had previously denied slowing down iPhones before then going on to say it did so in order to preserve battery life. According to the court filing, the worlds most valuable company acted deceptively by trying to hide the slowdown issues.
“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. “Apple, of course, fully understood such effects on sales.”
According to state investigators, the move boosted iPhone sales “potentially by millions of devices per year.” But Apple denies enforcing the slowdown for financial gain and under the settlement did not admit to any wrongdoing or breaking the law.
The company did however agree to provide “truthful information” about iPhone power management across its website, software update notes and iPhone settings for the next three years.
This is not the first time Apple has been embroiled in controversy, in 2016 software updates inhibited the functioning of the chips of iPhones. Apple is also currently facing a lawsuit from Epic Games following claims from the game developer that it’s using its influence over the App store to unfairly charge developers.