Apple Donates 113 Million Dollars to settle the ‘Battery Gate’ Saga for Good
Apple will pay 113 million dollars to resolve the latest case alleging that the biased company has fooled consumers by deliberately slowing down older iPhones to help extend the life of their batteries. According to the Washington Post, Apple needs to be more transparent about the health of the battery both on the device and with information online.
However, the case focused not so much on how Apple handled degraded batteries as on not disclosing its methods to its customers but the company began strangulating performance without notifying the consumer in any way until after the fact.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra whose state will receive 24.6 million from the settlement that Apple withheld information about their batteries that slowed down iPhone performance, all while passing it off as an update. He also said today’s settlement ensures consumers will have access to the information they need to make a well-informed decision when purchasing and using Apple products.
Meanwhile, the fiasco when started back users began to notice bad performance on their older iPhones in 2017. At the end of the year, and after numerous complaints, Apple admitted that it had implemented a throttling mechanism in iOS to prevent them from turning off unexpectedly.
Moreover, Apple expresses regret and offered much more affordable iPhone battery replacements for an entire year and it also updated iOS to give users a choice over CPU throttling, while providing tools to monitor battery life.
Furthermore, only a month prior, the French regulators imposed a fine of 27 million dollars against the company and today’s settlement brings to $640 million the total amount that Cupertino had to pay following the fiasco that paralyzed the process.
Lastly, the settlement with the states is on top of Apple’s bill, which it can easily afford to pay and the firm generates annual revenue of 275 billion dollars and has a market value of $2 trillion.