Years after a lawsuit alleged that Apple added software that slowed down older iPhones, the tech giant has agreed to pay a settlement worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarty, one of the companies representing Apple customers in the lawsuit, announced on August 9 that the 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals has rejected two appeals from people challenging the settlement. Apple has agreed to pay a minimum of $310 million and a maximum of $500 million in compensation for about 100 million iPhone users, in what the company calls the “largest cash recovery in a computer break-in case in history.”
Between December 2017 and June 2018, there were 66 class action lawsuits filed against Apple alleging this issue, including that Apple intentionally slowed the battery performance of older iPhones with iOS updates, according to Bloomberg law.
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Who is Eligible for Apple iPhone Settlement?
In a 2017 letter to consumers, Apple apologized for slowing down older iPhones and offered a discount on the price of replacement batteries. The company said in the letter that a 2016 software update may have caused some users to experience “longer app launch times and other performance reductions.”
Payments will be distributed to people who submitted claims before the October 2020 deadline and had one of these phones:
- iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S Plus and/or SE device with iOS 10.2.1 or later before December 21, 2017
- iPhone 7 or 7Plus with iOS 11.2 or later before December 21, 2017
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About 3 million people applied and were approved, Verge reported, and expected payments are about $65.
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