Apple pays R1.7 billion for slowing down old iPhones

Some users had problems swiping up from the bottom of the lock screen on the iPhone 12 mini while others faced issues with pressing the flashlight and the camera buttons

Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The new settlement includes USD 5 million to Arizona, USD 24.6 million to California, and USD 7.6 million to Texas. This was reported by the owners of the new smartphones, and then the company itself acknowledged the problem. While this was done in order to slow the effects of battery ageing, Apple still found itself in the middle of a class action lawsuit, which has now been settled three years later.

FILE - In this January 9, 2007 file photo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs holds up the new iPhone during his keynote address at MacWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco.

According to AJC.com, the judgment announced on Wednesday brings closure to the class-action suit brought by more than 30 states.

Apple declined Business Insider's request for comment and pointed to a part of the filing that stated Apple's settlement does not imply admittance of wrongdoing. The investigators alleged that Apple was aware that its updates were slowing devices down but failed to inform customers of the practice.

"Big Tech companies must stop manipulating consumers and tell them the whole truth about their practices and products", Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in the press release. "I'm committed to holding these goliath technology companies to account if they hide the truth from their users", added Brnovich.

The deal with a coalition led by Indiana, Arizona, and Arkansa is separate from the scheduled settlement iPhone maker reached in March to pay affected iPhone users up to United States dollars 500 million to stem a class action. The Cupertino-based company explained that it slowed those models in an effort to conserve battery life and prevent unexpected shutdowns.

The slowdowns appeared to occur just as Apple was releasing a brand new iPhone. Most users reported that they noticed the issue in group threads, either when someone responded to a message they hadn't seen or reacted to it, per reports on the issue on Apple's community forum. The offer ended in early October.

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