TEXAS – Texas will receive just over $7.5 million as part of a settlement with Apple, Inc. over what is described as the company’s decision to “throttle” iPhones in order to address unexpected shutdowns.
“Throttling” refers to reducing a device’s system performance below what components were designed for.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined attorneys general from 30 other states in an investigation.
According to a statement from Paxton, “the attorneys general allege that Apple discovered battery issues led to unexpected shutdowns in iPhones. Rather than disclosing these issues or replacing batteries, Apple concealed the issues and reduced iPhone performance. Apple’s concealment of the battery issues and decision to throttle caused Apple to profit from selling additional phones to customers whose phone performance had decreased.”
A $113 million settlement was reached.
“I am pleased to announce that Apple is being held accountable for their deceitfulness with consumers and secretive decision not to inform consumers of known issues,” Paxton wrote. “This settlement is a victory for honest business and customers and a stern warning to any companies who attempt to cover their mistakes at the expense of consumer choice.”
In addition to the settlement money, according to Paxton, Apple will provide “truthful information to consumers about iPhone battery health, performance and power management on their website, update installation notes, and in the iPhone user interface itself.”