Are You Eligible for a Portion of Apple?s $500m iPhone Settlement?
Jul 17 2020

Are You Eligible for a Portion of Apple’s $500 million iPhone Settlement?

By: Graham Andreae

Many people have adored their iPhones, but what some users may not know is that Apple has been intentionally slowing certain iPhones with aging batteries. This decision has drawn the ire of many iPhone users, and it has gotten to the point where some believed it merited litigation. In fact, Apple has been embroiled in a legal battle for a while now, and the case has finally been settled. Apple is required to pay out a total of $500 million to affected users.

There is a webpage through which iPhone users may file a claim and get a chunk of the settlement. However, to claim your money, you must fit specific criteria. You must have had an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and/or an iPhone SE that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later before December 21, 2017; or an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus that ran iOS 11.2 or later before December 21, 2017. If this applies to you, it will qualify you to get your piece of the settlement that may help alleviate some of the anger of many an iPhone user over the past few years.

The number will go down from the specified $25 if the number of claims exceeds the $500 million ceiling. That being said, you may also opt out of the settlement, but the only realistic reason to do so would be to begin litigation of the battery management issue.

In order to apologize for the misstep, Apple stated that they would give customers battery replacements at a reduced price and, additionally, offer a way to disable the throttling, to the risk of damage to the device, in the settings of said device.

Apple was also investigated by other countries regarding this issue.

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