Nevada gets $1.6 million in iPhone ‘batterygate’ settlement

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uh ohNevada will collect nearly $1.6 million as part of a multistate settlement with Apple, Inc., Attorney General Aaron Ford announced Wednesday.

The settlement requires Apple to  pay $113 million to more than 30 states  for violating consumer protection laws by concealing malfunctions, misrepresenting iPhone products, and “throttling” iPhone performance.

The settlement concludes a multistate investigation of Apple over iPhone throttling that the company engaged in in 2016 to address unexpected shutdowns in certain devices. 

Under the settlement, Nevada will receive nearly $1.6 million from Apple, which is also now required to provide customers with accurate information about battery health, performance and power management. Apple has also agreed to provide the option to service a consumer’s battery if it becomes significantly degraded. 

The attorneys general allege that, in 2016, Apple discovered that battery issues led to unexpected shutdowns and hid the issues from consumers, eventually creating a software update that slowed down the speed of iPhones to keep them from shutting down. The “batterygate” allegations contended Apple’s actions led to them profiting from customers who bought new iPhones to replace those with slowing performance.

“Through this settlement, consumers can expect more transparency from Apple,” Ford said. 

The funds will be paid by Apple directly to the Nevada Attorney General’s office and be used to cover attorneys’ fees and to fund future consumer protection investigations, according to the filing.

Ford was joined by attorneys general of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and the District Of Columbia in the settlement.

Jeniffer Solis
Reporter | Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.