Apple to pay another $113 million in Batterygate scandal

Apple has been sentenced to pay an additional $113 million (around £85.1m) in damages following the high-profile Batterygate scandal, as per a Washington Post report.

In short, Batterygate relates to Apple’s decision to deliberately slow down older mobile phones, without informing customers. According to Apple, the purpose of the change was to prevent the devices from shutting down prematurely due to worn out batteries, but that was not an explanation that was accepted by everyone.

Last spring Apple chose to enter into a settlement in the case. At the time the company offered $25 each to affected Americans, which totalled $500 million (£421.1m).

Apple apologised for the incident back in 2018 and offered replacement batteries at a discounted price. In addition, it has since made it possible for iOS users to decide whether to allow their iPhone to slow down if their battery is worn out.

Of course the payout only applies to qualifying US iPhone owners, as we explain here. Batterygate victims can claim payout now.

Back in July 2020 a coalition of European consumer groups has demanded a similar payout for European Batterygate victims. So far no news on that front.

Read our guide to iPhone battery replacement costs. We’ve got more general advice on teasing better performance from your device, too: read How to get better iPhone battery life.

This article originally appeared on Macworld Sweden. Translation by Karen Haslam.

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