Apple revealed on Wednesday that it will pay a $113 million fines, following an investigation into the company’s practice of intentionally slowing old iPhones down, according to Washington Post.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich explained that many consumers decided that the only way to get improved performance was to purchase a newer-model iPhone from Apple.
Brnovich added: “Big Tech companies must stop manipulating consumers and tell them the whole truth about their practices and products.”
Meanwhile, the firm reported that it did so to preserve battery life amid widespread reports of iPhones unexpectedly turning off.
The company maintained that it wasn’t necessary for iPhone users to replace their sluggish phones, but state attorneys general Arizona found people saw no other choice, as Business Insider reported.
In 2017, the customers began noticing that their devices were slowing down after downloading new versions of Apple’s software. At that time, the firm did admit that the updates indeed slowed down the phones to prevent their aging batteries from causing the devices to randomly shut down.
Some customers and critics questioned if the move was instead designed to prompt more sales of new iPhone models, which Apple pushed back on.
Later, the French competition watchdog fined the company $27 million on February for purposefully slowing performance on older iPhones without telling users about it. On March, Apple agreed to cough up $500 million in a class-action lawsuit that claimed the company slowed phones to prompt customers to upgrade for newer ones.