Apple continues to plead not guilty of the iPhone slowdown scandal dubbed Batterygate, claiming it protected phone batteries from degradation.

This year, the iPhone maker agreed to pay $500 million in class-action compensation for deliberately slowing down older phones in the United States. Now Apple has decided to settle another investigation of slowing down older iPhones with authorities in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Apple agreed to pay $113 million to stay out of court.

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Apple declined to comment on the situation.

The agreement has been sent to the US District Court and is now awaiting final approval by the judge. The states will likely receive their compensation even before the iPhone's actual owners in a class-action lawsuit. On December 4, a hearing will be held to decide the amicable class-action agreement's correctness.

As a reminder, payments are due to former and current owners of iPhones 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, and SE running iOS 10.2.1 or 11.2 before December 21, 2017. For each such iPhone, $25 is provided.