Apple set aside money to pay for lawsuits related to its iPhone ‘batterygate’ throttling scandal

“As 2017 turned to 2018, Apple faced a swell of consumer anger,” Kif Leswing reports for Business Insider. “Users had claimed for years that Apple slowed down their older iPhones through software updates. When one maker of benchmark software produced data and analysis that showed that a few notable software updates did seem to slow down the iPhone’s processor, criticism exploded.”

“Apple said that the processor slowdown was related to aging batteries, and that the processor throttling software was introduced to prevent older iPhones from shutting down unexpectedly,” Leswing reports. “But there was a lot of consumer anger, leading to class-action lawsuits, and even investigations from the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

“Now, Apple says in a recent SEC filing that it has set aside some money to pay for the litigation as a contingency,” Leswing reports. “Apple declined to comment when asked by Business Insider the monetary value of that estimate.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “TJ” for the heads up.]


  1. Apple is such an easy target for lawsuits. I have often wondered if a company such as Hewlett-Packard gets as many lawsuits for selling somewhat faulty computer products. I would think they would have many of the same problems Apple has. However, it’s always Apple getting the most publicity over products with hardware and software problems.

    What about Samsung. They sell far more mobile devices than Apple and many much less expensive smartphones than iPhones so how come Samsung isn’t flooded with lawsuits over niggling quality control problems? Does it have something to do with higher-quality product expectations? Something like, Apple products are much too expensive to be faulty?

    1. Cook has embroiled Apple in more scandals than Hillary Clinton:







      iPhone Bendgate

      iPad Bendgate

      Group Facetimegate

      And the complete list of all Cook’s foibles, scandals, and unnecessarily distracting litagation battles over the past 8-years could easily fill volumes.

    2. The hubris of hiding it, the hubris of expecting to not excessively stress a needlessly small battery is less forgivable than technical mistakes.

      And that’s before factoring in price and claims.

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