(Reuters) – Apple Inc. will pay $ 113 million to resolve allegations from 33 U.S. states and the District of Columbia that it slowed down iPhones to hide battery issues and get users to buy new devices, government officials said on Wednesday. .  The deal with a coalition led by Arizona, Arkansas and Indiana differs from a proposed solution that Apple reached in March to pay affected iPhone owners up to $ 500 million to stop a class action lawsuit.
Apple updated 2016 silent software on models. of iPhone 6, 7 and SE to throttle chip speeds so that aging batteries on the devices do not send nails to the phone's processor and cause it to turn off unexpectedly. States claimed that Apple acted misleadingly and should have replaced batteries or revealed the problem.
Millions of users were affected by power outages, according to an Arizona court.
"My colleagues and I are trying to get the attention of these big technology companies, and you would hope that a multi-million dollar judgment with more than 30 states will get their attention," Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in an interview. do not be unhappy and hide things. "
Apple, which has denied wrongdoing, declined to comment on the settlement.
Apple also agreed for the next three years to provide" truthful information "about iPhone energy management throughout its website, notes on software updates and iPhone settings. Arizona said Apple's current information and options are sufficient. The deal with the states is subject to court approval.
The multistate investigation of Apple, which Reuters first reported in July, is part of a wave of probes to the world's largest technology suppliers.
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Apple acknowledged that the update was reduced. power needs after researchers found unusual slowdowns in 2017. The company apologized and lowered the prices of battery replacements.
The deal includes $ 5 million to Arizona, $ 24.6 million to Apple's home state of California and $ 7.6 million to Texas. The latter two states have the country's number 1 and 2 affected iPhone user bases. Attorney General Brnovich said the punishment in his state would help fund more investigations of technology and other companies. Catalog