The Florida Attorney General's Office announced a $113 million agreement with Apple, Inc.to settle allegations that the tech giant broke consumer protection laws after the company made a decision to quietly throttle consumers' iPhone speeds in 2016.
Apple has agreed to pay $113 million to 34 states and the District of Columbia to settle allegations that it broke consumer protection laws when it systematically downplayed widespread iPhone battery problems in 2016.
Apple Inc. will pay $113 million to settle allegations by more than three dozen USA regulators that the company misled consumers about iPhone battery power and software updates that slowed the performance of the devices. The widespread blowback also prompted Apple to issue a public apology - a rarity for the image-conscious tech giant - and to begin offering battery-replacement discounts for consumers.
Millions of users were affected by power shutoffs, according to an Arizona court filing.
"Companies can not be disingenuous and hide things", he added.
Apple continued to sell tens of millions of iPhones with known throttling issues in the US throughout 2017 and didn't even acknowledge the problem until public outcry prompted an apology that December, Grewal said.
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"In addition to the monetary payment, Apple also must provide truthful information to consumers about iPhone battery health, performance, and power management", Brnovich's office added. Arizona said Apple's present disclosures and options are sufficient.
A new report suggests that Apple is also wrong on a foldable iPhone. "Big Tech companies must stop manipulating consumers and tell them the whole truth about their practices and products", said Brnovich in today's announcement.
Apple acknowledged its update reduced power demands after researchers found unusual slowdowns in 2017. A complaint filed Wednesday in Arizona lays bare their concerns that Apple had provided "misleading information" about its iOS updates, particularly through hard-to-understand technical notes about battery management.
The attorneys general of Arizona, Arkansas and IN led the investigation. The latter two states have the nation's Nos. The company maintained that it wasn't necessary for iPhone users to replace their phones.
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