Apple to Pay $3.4 Million Over Programmed iPhone Obsolescence in Chile

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Apple has agreed to pay Chilean customers $3.four million (roughly Rs. 25 crores) in a lawsuit over programmed obsolescence of iPhone handsets, their lawyer mentioned, the primary such settlement in Latin America.

Apple is accused of getting programmed a restricted lifespan into some merchandise to drive customers to interchange their telephones before essential, and has beforehand settled comparable circumstances in the USA and Europe.

In Chile, some 150,000 customers of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, and SE sued the US firm, claiming their smartphones began underperforming after software program updates programmed by Apple earlier than December 21, 2017.

The settlement gives for a registration interval for affected shoppers, who should present proof of their gadgets’ decreased efficiency, a lawyer for the Odecu shopper physique, Juan Sebastian Reyes, instructed a digital press convention.

Every shopper stands to get most compensation of $50 (roughly Rs. 3,700), which is to be shared if there are multiple declare per serial quantity, as within the case of second-hand telephones.

In December 2017, Apple admitted iOS software program was tweaked to sluggish efficiency of older iPhone fashions whose battery life was deteriorating.

An outcry pressured Apple to improve its software program and provide steep reductions on battery replacements.

In March 2020, Apple agreed to pay as much as $500 million (roughly Rs. 3,700 crores) to settle a class-action lawsuit over slowed iPhone gadgets in the USA, adopted in November by another $113 million (roughly Rs. 840 crores) to settle litigation with greater than 30 US states over the identical problem.

The corporate has additionally settled a case with France’s shopper watchdog for EUR 25 million (roughly Rs. 220 crores) for failing to inform iPhone customers that software program updates may sluggish older gadgets.

Italy, for its half, has fined Apple and Samsung EUR 10 million (roughly Rs. 90 crores) and EUR 5 million (roughly Rs. 40 crores) respectively for deliberate smartphone obsolescence.


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