Apple has agreed to pay $113 million to settle an investigation by states including California and Arizona over how the tech giant was not transparent about its iPhone battery problems that led to unexpected device shutdowns. Instead of disclosing the issue to consumers or replacing the batteries, it pushed a software update in December 2016 that impacted the performance of older iPhone models. News of the practice upset Apple consumers, igniting what some called “batterygate.” Many believed it was an effort to encourage users to buy new iPhones. “Big Tech companies must stop manipulating consumers and tell them the whole truth about their practices and products,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who helped lead the investigation, said on Thursday. “I’m committed to holding these goliath technology companies accountable when they conceal important information from users.” Tap the link in our bio to learn more.
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