Apple tells senator it may give rebates to consumers who bought iPhone batteries

Apple tells senator it may give rebates to consumers who bought iPhone batteries
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Apple may offer rebates to customers who recently bought new iPhone batteries at full price, the company revealed in a letter it sent to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneGoogle says it continues to allow apps to access Gmail user data Fight looms over national privacy law Want to improve health care? Get Americans off of their couches MORE (R-S.D.)

The company says that it is exploring the option after Thune pressed the tech giant over its practice of slowing iPhones as their battery life deteriorates over time.

“I appreciate Apple’s response to my inquiry and the company’s ongoing discussions with the committee,” Thune said in response to Apple’s follow-up to his own letter. “In those conversations, Apple has acknowledged that its initial disclosures came up short.”

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In December, the company endured criticism when it revealed its practice of slowing down iPhones. Consumers and media outlets had long speculated that Apple slowed its phones as they get older, but the company had not publicly confirmed this before.

To quell backlash, Apple gave a public apology and said that it would offer discounted battery replacements to iPhone 6 and 6s owners.

Apple’s disclosure has prompted attention from other lawmakers and agencies.

In January, Reps. Robin KellyRobin Lynne KellyFacebook to remove over 5K ad target options to curb discrimination Dems want GOP chairman to subpoena State Department over cyber docs Lawmakers sound alarm over Amazon face recognition software MORE (D-Ill.), Yvette ClarkeYvette Diane ClarkePoll shows Rep. Luis Gutiérrez as front-runner in Chicago mayoral race Overnight Defense: Officials rush to deny writing anonymous op-ed | Lawmakers offer measure on naming NATO headquarters after McCain | US, India sign deal on sharing intel Dems plan resolution to withdraw US forces from Yemen civil war MORE (D-N.Y.) and Bonnie Watson ColemanBonnie Watson ColemanHillicon Valley: Sanders finds perfect target in Amazon | Cyberattacks are new fear 17 years after 9/11 | Firm outs alleged British Airways hackers | Trump to target election interference with sanctions | Apple creating portal for police data requests Cyberattacks are a constant fear 17 years after 9/11 Beware the ides of the African American woman MORE (D-N.J.) sent a letter to Apple also probing its battery issue.

At the end of January, Apple confirmed that it was also being investigated by federal agencies on the matter.

“Leading companies and innovators should not only ‘think different,’ they should ‘act differently’ when it comes to customer transparency and inclusion," Kelly and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said in a statement reacting to the investigation.

“While we don’t know what will come of the [Justice Department] and [Securities and Exchange Commission] probes, we do know that all of us can work together to reach constructive solutions that promote innovation and accountability in the tech sector.”