Apple settles iPhone slowdown case for $500m

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Apple has agreed to settle a long-running class-action case in the US over allegations it deliberately slowed down older iPhones.

The proposed settlement, which still has to be approved by judge Edward Davila, could cost Apple up to $500m.

That could be just $25 (£20) for each affected user, depending on how many claims are made.

Apple has denied any wrongdoing in the case but settled in part because of the cost of continuing litigation.

The case dates back to December 2017, when Apple confirmed a long-held suspicion among phone owners by admitting it had deliberately slowed down some iPhones as they got older.

As batteries aged, their performance decreased and the "slowdown" lengthened the phones' lifespan, it said.

But critics took it as proof of "planned obsolescence" – when manufacturers deliberately impair older products to prompt users to buy a new model.

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The uproar prompted Apple to offer a cut-price battery replacement, which fixed the problem.

But it resulted in this US legal action and investigations by several European countries.

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