- Apple has settled another “Batterygate” proceeding, this time paying $ 113 million.
- The 34-state agreement follows a $ 500 million settlement in early 2020.
- Whether you make money is another matter.
Apple will soon make another payment iPhone “battery gate” uproar..As Washington post (via The Verge) Report, Apple agreed settlement This will pay a total of $ 113 million for the decision to quietly throttle the processor in 34 states. iPhone 6S And other models prevent unexpected battery-related shutdowns.
Battery Gate contract follows Apple Settlement worth up to $ 500 million From the beginning of 2020. The deal doesn’t require Apple to admit fraud, but the Arizona Attorney General’s office said the company must provide “true” iPhone battery status, performance, and power management information.
This does not change the status quo in many ways. Apple confirmed in December 2017 that it was curbing devices such as the iPhone 6S, and temporarily discounted battery replacement to $ 29 to help affected people. In early 2018, we released an update that not only shows the status of the battery, but also gives the user the option to disable the throttle if they are willing to risk a shutdown.
As before, the anger at Batterygate wasn’t as focused on the throttle itself as Apple’s lack of disclosure. Apple said it was squeezing batteries for models such as the iPhone 6S to extend the useful life of the hardware, but didn’t properly notify customers. People were worried that Apple might have slowed down the iPhone and encouraged an early upgrade. Whatever the real motive, some customers seem to have bought a new cell phone when the battery purchase is sufficient.
Don’t expect to receive money right away. Apple only Open claim The first iPhone Batterygate Settlement in July, and the December 4 hearing, may amend the settlement if the court considers it unfair. The state is likely to receive payment first, and compensation for users must be made later. Still, this could serve as another lesson for Apple and other phone makers who want to suppress their devices — they’ll want to be as transparent as possible.