Apple forced to pay €95 million after admitting they slowed down old iPhones 3 years ago

Apple forced to pay €95 million after admitting they slowed down old iPhones

They've already agreed to pay back $500 million - approximately €421 million - in relation to the same case.

Tech giants Apple have been ordered to pay $113 million (approximately €95 million) in a lawsuit settlement after admitting to slowing down old iPhones.


This new fine was announced on Thursday morning in Arizona, the culmination of a lawsuit brought by more than 30 US states.

A class action lawsuit brought forward in California had already led to Apple being fined $500 million (approximately €421 million) with regards to the alleged slowing down of iPhones.

It is alleged that old phones were slowed down to try and extend battery life.

Apple agreed to the hefty fine after accepting that a 2017 software update slowed the performance of older iPhone models.


However, Apple defended such a move, claiming that slowing down the phones actually helped to prevent them from shutting down completely. They say the latter would have occurred if the iPhones hadn't slowed down, due to the batteries deteriorating.

Those who brought the lawsuit to the courts disagreed, claiming that Apple deliberately slowed down iPhones to encourage upgrades and the sale of newer models.

Apple eventually accepted the settlement and agreed to replace old batteries at a heavily-discounted price.

They also apologised for slowing down old iPhones.


The settlement may sound enormous, but it's worth bearing in mind that Apple boasts an annual revenue of $275 billion - approximately €232 billion.

This isn't the first time the company has been brought to task over alleged iPhone slowing.

In February of this year, a French court fined the tech giant $27 million - approximately €22.8 million after Apple were hit with the fine in relation to "deceptive commercial practices by omission".

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.