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Apple on the hook for another US$113 million with second iPhone battery degradation and throttling settlement

Apple has agreed a settlement with 34 US states up to the value of US$113 million. (Image source: Xavier Wendling)
Apple has agreed a settlement with 34 US states up to the value of US$113 million. (Image source: Xavier Wendling)
Apple has settled a second case related to the degradation of iPhone batteries and chipset throttling. The new settlement amounts to US$113 million and will be split across 34 US states.

It has been a few months since Apple stated that would to pay US$310-US$500 million to people with iPhones affected by 'Batterygate', as we reported in July. The window to submit claims for affected iPhone SE, iPhone 6 or iPhone 7 series handsets shut in October, but Apple has now agreed to pay up to another US$113 million in a separate case.

Apple continues to insist that its first settlement is not an admission of any wrongdoing, mind you. Similarly, this second settlement allows Apple to do away with lengthy court proceedings, without needing to admit that it behaved inappropriately.

The second settlement will cover 34 US states, including the District of Columbia. This time, Arizona state attorneys sued Apple not only for designing batteries that had degraded, but for throttling many iPhones without seeking consent from owners. In turn, the attorneys claimed that Apple behaved this way with the understanding that it could profit from people who thought they needed to upgrade to a new iPhone because their existing one was running slowly or shutting down unexpectedly.

Unsurprisingly, Apple denied that this was the case. A judge is yet to approve the new settlement of up to US$113 million, so it may be a while before Apple compensates anyone.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-11-20 (Update: 2020-11-20)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.