It was a scandal that was fittingly dubbed as "batterygate" and it led to a class action lawsuit.
Apple admitted as far back as late 2017 to slowing down older iPhones in order to prolong their lives and prevent problems with batteries that may result in unexpected shutdowns.
Apple has agreed to pay millions of dollars to 34 states in U.S. over its controversial previous practice of deliberately slowing down older iPhones to extend their battery life.
This new investigation was launched by more than 30 states, including Arizona, Arkansas, and IN, according to a press release.
The lawsuit alleged that iPhone 6 and 7 generation phones were equipped with batteries that were susceptible to unexpected power-offs when those batteries could not provide sufficient voltage to support phone processing performance.
The French court also stated that the company should have informed iPhone users that their models were being slowed down through a new software update. In addition to the fine, Apple also legally committed to greater transparency.
Today's proposed settlement is on top of the $310 million to $500 million Apple has agreed to pay to USA consumers to resolve an earlier class-action lawsuit over Batterygate. "Big Tech companies must stop manipulating consumers and tell them the whole truth about their practices and products", said Brnovich in today's announcement.
"I'm committed to holding these goliath technology companies to account if they hide the truth from their users". Most users reported that they noticed the issue in group threads, either when someone responded to a message they hadn't seen or reacted to it, per reports on the issue on Apple's community forum.
The settlement may sound enormous, but it's worth bearing in mind that Apple boasts an annual revenue of $275 billion - approximately €232 billion.
In July, Apple offered eligible iPhone 7 and 7 Plus users a $US25 payout if their devices were running on iOS 11.2 or later and experienced slow performance before December 21, 2017.