Apple face fines of up to $500m

A long running class-action case in the US has finally concluded with Apple agreeing to settle on a case that old iPhones were slowed down.

Judge Edward Davila is yet to approve the settlement, however the proposal could cost Apple $500m.

Working out to just $25 for each customer with an old device, dependant on the number of claims made.

The continuing litigation was costing the American company so much that they have agreed to settle despite still claiming no wrongdoing.

The case was originally brought forward in 2017, when Apple admitted to deliberately slowing iPhones as they got older.

Apple claim this was done to improve the battery life and therefore the lifespan of the handset.

However, critics claim it was done to force customers to purchase newer handsets.

The uproar originally led Apple to offer reduced price battery replacements, but that wasn’t the end of it.

Followed up by legal action and investigations in the US and European countries.

US owners of the iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus , 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus and SE handsets are entitled to a payout.

The French competition and fraud watchdog recently imposed a fine on Apple for similar circumstances.

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