On Wednesday, California state officials announced that Apple will pay $ 113 million to settle claims by 33 US states and the District of Columbia that it slowed iPhones to mask battery problems and prompt users to buy new devices.
The deal with a consortium led by Arizona, Arkansas and Indiana differs from the proposed settlement Apple reached in March to pay up to $ 500 million to affected iPhone owners to stop the class-action lawsuit.
In 2016, Apple sent a software update for iPhone 6, iPhone 7 and iPhone SE models to slow down the processor speed so that old batteries within devices did not send power surges to the phone processor and cause it to shutdown unexpectedly.
The states claimed that Apple had acted deceitfully and had to replace the batteries or reveal the problem.
Millions of users were affected due to the fact that it slowed iPhones, according to an Arizona court filing.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said: “We’re trying to get the attention of these big tech companies, and I hope they get caught by a multi-million dollar ruling with more than 30 states, and companies can’t be deceptive and hide things.”
Over the next three years, Apple has agreed to provide honest information about iPhone power management via its website and notes for software updates and iPhone settings.
The multi-state investigation against Apple comes as part of a wave of investigations into the world’s major technology providers.
Last month, prosecutors in 11 US states joined the US Department of Justice in an antitrust lawsuit against Google.
Large groups of prosecutors are investigating Google and Facebook in relation to potentially deceptive and anti-competitive practices.
Apple acknowledged that its modernization had reduced energy demand after researchers found an unusual slowdown in 2017.
The company has publicly apologized and reduced prices for battery replacement.
The settlement includes 5 million dollars for the state of Arizona, 24.6 million dollars for the state of California and 7.6 million dollars for the state of Texas.