These 33 USA states claimed that the company had done this to drive consumers into purchasing new iPhones. This would cover those who bought any product in the iPhone 6 and 7 lineup. This scandal was later dubbed batterygate.
When people first started complaining that Apple was intentionally slowing down iPhones, the company denied the reports. The Cupertino-based company explained that it slowed those models in an effort to conserve battery life and prevent unexpected shutdowns. Some customers and critics questioned if the move was instead created to prompt more sales of new iPhone models, which Apple pushed back on.
"Apple, of course, fully understood such effects on sales". Still, Apple has already been offering these battery-management options through iOS, so don't necessarily expect any huge changes here. A company's spokesperson declined to comment on the settlement.
"Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components", Apple told TechCrunch in December 2017.
However, legal challenges continued. Last month, Republican attorneys general in 11 states joined the U.S. Department of Justice in an antitrust lawsuit against Google, and bipartisan, large groups of attorneys general also have ongoing probes into Facebook and Google over potentially deceptive and anticompetitive practices.
The deal is separate from a proposed settlement Apple reached in March to pay affected iPhone owners up to $500m in a class action lawsuit.
California will receive $24.6 million of the total settlement, which includes injunctive terms to include clear disclosures on iPhones and Apple's website informing consumers when updates will affect processing performance and how the company manages battery performance issues.