The attorneys general allege that Apple discovered battery issues were leading to unexpected shutdowns in iPhones.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Many believed it was an effort to encourage users to buy new iPhones. This was reported by the owners of the new smartphones, and then the company itself acknowledged the problem. "Today's settlement ensures consumers will have access to the information they need to make a well-informed decision when purchasing and using Apple products".
Apple released a software update for iPhones and iPods earlier this month that included a built-in music authentication button to help you quickly identify a song. While this was done in order to slow the effects of battery ageing, Apple still found itself in the middle of a class action lawsuit, which has now been settled three years later.
This new fine was announced on Thursday morning in Arizona, the culmination of a lawsuit brought by more than 30 U.S. states. In addition to the fine, Apple also legally committed to greater transparency. "I'm committed to holding these goliath technology companies accountable when they hide important information from users". According to internal documents acquired by MacRumours, the Cupertino-based firm has asked technicians to not service iPhone 12 models that report these display issues. And in March, Apple agreed to cough up $US500 million in a class-action lawsuit that claimed the company slowed phones to prompt customers to upgrade to newer ones.
With the iOS 14.2.1, Apple seems to have brought a fix for the issue.