Apple will pay up to $ 500 million in the United States to slow down older iPhone smartphones. This payment is provided for by an agreement as part of a class action filed with the company. The deal must now be approved by a California court, reports Reuters.
Under the agreement, the company will pay smartphone users $ 25 per device. This amount may vary slightly depending on the total number of smartphones. The minimum payment will be $ 310 million and the plaintiffs’ lawyers will receive approximately $ 95 million.
This story is about the owners of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus and SE smartphones that were running iOS 10.2.1 or later, as well as the owners of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that had iOS 11.2 and higher is installed until December 21, 2017. Recall that in late December 2017, Apple officially recognized, which slowed down the work of old iPhone smartphones by reducing the frequency of their processors. The company said that this measure was justified by the technical characteristics of the devices. An Apple statement said that the iPhone’s lithium-ion batteries lose capacity over time and also drain quickly in the cold, causing a smartphone to suddenly shutdown with an old battery. As a result, in 2017, Apple released software that reduces the frequency of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE processors to prevent unintended shutdowns and extend the operating time of smartphones. The company also argued that with daily use of the iPhone, most users would not notice the degraded performance of the device.
A few days later, Apple announced a reduction in the cost of the replacement without warranty of the battery of the smartphone from $ 79 to $ 29, then the company, as promised by its chief Tim Cook, released iOS 11.3 with the function to deactivate the device slowdown mode.
Almost immediately after Apple’s recognition, lawsuits against the Cupertino company began to be filed by users in the United States, and later the Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation against the American company under the article “Disappointment”. In February 2020, French authorities fined Apple 25 million euros.
Investigations against the company have started in Italy, where Samsung also fell on the regulator’s point of view. As a result, in 2018, Italian authorities condemned Apple to 10 million euros and Samsung to 5 million.