Apple to pay $113 million to settle claims for slowing down older iPhones

Apple will pay US$ $113 million to settle the allegations that it slowed down older iPhones.

Millions of people were affected when the models of iPhone 6 and 7 and SE were slowed down in 2016 in a scandal that was dubbed batterygate.

Apple declined allegations but, it has previously said the phones were slowed to preserve ageing battery life.

The deal is separate from a proposed settlement Apple reached in March to pay affected iPhone owners up to US$ 500 million.

In 2016 Apple updated software on models of the iPhone 6, 7 and SE which throttled chip speeds on aging phones.

33-US states argued that Apple had acted deceptively and should have replaced batteries or disclosed the issue.

According to an Arizona filing, millions of users were affected by power shutoffs.

Apple denies that the slowdown was for financial gain.

But Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich wrote in a court document made public on Wednesday: “Many consumers decided that the only way to get improved performance was to purchase a newer-model iPhone from Apple.

“Apple, of course, fully understood such effects on sales.”

Under the settlement, Apple did not admit to any wrongdoing or breaking any law.

The tech titan also agreed for the next three years to provide “truthful information” about iPhone power management across its website, software update notes and iPhone settings.