Editor's Note: Release dates within this article are based in the USA, but will be updated with local Australian dates as soon as we know more. Some customers and critics questioned if the move was instead created to prompt more sales of new iPhone models, which Apple pushed back on.
In 2016 Apple updated software on models of the iPhone 6, 7 and SE - which throttled chip speeds on aging phones. It first came to light after iPhone users complained on Reddit and technology blogs. By concealing the CPU throttling, Apple allegedly caused some consumers to buy new iPhones.
Apple had no immediate comment on the matter.
"Rather than being candid or forthright with its customers, Apple chose to misrepresent both the nature of the [shut down] problem, and the throttling solution, to its customers".
Apple acknowledged its update reduced power demands after researchers found unusual slowdowns in 2017.
Nonetheless, the legal challenges continued. The discounted battery offer wasn't enough for some users, and this spring Apple agreed to settle a class-action suit for up to $US500 ($683) million, doling out $US25 ($34) per phone that filed a claim.
The payment comes after another separate settlement agreed in March, in which Apple agreed to pay up to $500 million to users who had been affected.
According to a report in The Washington Post, Apple has now agreed to a second settlement - this time with 34 USA states - for an additional $113 million. Arizona will receive $5 million from the proposed settlement, which will be used to fund consumer protection activities, and reimbursing the attorney fees accrued during the investigation. Apple also agreed to operate a website that makes iPhone updates that affect batteries "clear and conspicuous" to consumers.
This batterygate lawsuit began in January 2018.
The settlement, Rodriguez said, "is not just about getting Apple to pay for its alleged duplicity, but just as importantly requires the company to abide by a variety of terms created to ensure greater transparency moving forward".
"My colleagues and I are trying to get the attention of these big tech companies, and you would hope a multimillion-dollar judgment with more than 30 states will get their attention", Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich told Reuters.