At the end of 2017 Apple admitted it slowed down iPhones whose battery had worn out and it was immediately hit with lawsuits. The “batterygate” saga is far from over – an Italian consumer protection agency, Altroconsumo, has filed a lawsuit against the company, seeking compensation of €60 per device (€60 million total).
It isn’t alone, this is just a continuation of the similar suits filed in Belgium and Spain last month. There’s another one coming, a suit will be filed in Portugal in the next few weeks. All four cases target the following models: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus.
Here is a partial timeline of events, which focuses on the Euroconsumers group, a gathering of consumer protection agencies from Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Brazil that is behind these four lawsuits. The timeline doesn’t even include the €25 million fine in France.
All of this is on top of the $113 million and $310-$500 million that Apple had to pay in the US (around $25 per phone). Note that in the US and French cases, the iPhone 7, 7 Plus and SE were also included, not just the 6/6s. A court in Brazil blocked a similar lawsuit against Apple over battery-related throttling.
Unrelated to the battery, in November Italy fined Apple €10 million for misleading claims about the water resistance of iPhones.