Several years ago, it was discovered that Apple was secretly throttling the performance for some of its older iPhones. The company defended their decision, claiming that this was done to prevent phones with older and degraded batteries from shutting down at random, but the fact that it was initially done without users knowing about it felt suspect.
This led to a series of lawsuits that the company was hit with. However, fast forward a few years later, it seems that many are still unhappy about what Apple did, so much so that a consumer advocacy group over in Europe has since filed a new lawsuit against Apple over the same “batterygate” scandal. The lawsuit, which is intended to be a class-action lawsuit, is seeking about $73 million in compensation, which amounts to about $70 or so per device.
It will cover the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, and 6s Plus models that were sold in Italy between 2014 and 2020. The amount is said to basically cover the cost that customers had to pay to replace the batteries in their phones. According to Els Bruggeman, head of policy and enforcement at Euroconsumers, “Not only were consumers defrauded, and did they have to face frustration and financial harm, from an environmental point of view it is also utterly irresponsible.”
Apple has since made a ton of changes to iOS, where they are giving users more transparency over things like battery health. The company also launched a discounted battery replacement program, but we guess it seems that those changes weren’t enough.