What you need to know
- A group of consumer associations in Europe is demanding compensation from Apple.
- It wants Apple to pay 60 euros per customer.
- It's over the batterygate scandal, which saw Apple accused of slowing down older iPhones.
A European consumer group is demanding Apple pay its customers 60 euros each as compensation over the Apple batterygate controversy.
As reported by iCulture:
The group, aptly named 'Euroconsumers' represents Spain, Portugal, Italy and strangely enough, Brazil. All four are demanding that Apple pay its customer 60 euros each over what it says is planned obsolescence in its devices. The claims relate back to the famous batterygate scandal in 2017. Apple was rocked by iPhone slowdown claims after it emerged that Apple was optimizing the performance of certain iOS features in older devices to prevent them from becoming unstable and shutting down without warning.
Apple received plenty of public backlash against the practice, even though it was clearly beneficial to older devices and the user experience as a whole. Apple has paid fines in several countries including France, where it was ordered to pay 25 million euros in fines.
Apple has also been slapped with punishments in Italy, and also agreed to pay $500 million to settle a class-action lawsuit in California back in March.
On the practice, Apple states:
It has since let users switch off the feature in later iterations of iOS.
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