Apple to Finally Pay Fine For iPhone Slowdown Lawsuit

Apple to finally pay a fine for iPhone slowdown lawsuit. The tech company and iPhone maker’s iPhone batterygate settlement payments are to start rolling out soon. It is however too late for owners of iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 to file for damages, but if it is that you already did, then you should know that about $65 of Apple’s funds will be coming your way soon enough.

Apple iPhone Slowdown Lawsuit

Apple iPhone Slowdown Lawsuit

Just as some owners of the iPhone 14 are raising concerns regarding a possible battery issue, the original lawsuit over the batterygate saga of 2017 is coming to an end. One of the firms that is representing the customers of Apple in the suit, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, just recently announced that the 9th Circuit reportedly dismissed two cases from people appealing the terms of what it referred to as “the largest all-cash recovery in a computer intrusion case in history” (through 9to5Mac and Mercury News).

This development in question clears the way for millions in payments that are to be distributed to affected owners of covered iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, or the revered first-generation iPhone SE devices. And according to the terms of the settlement, tech company Apple would have to pay a minimum of $310 million and then up to $500 million, all depending on just how many people reportedly filed claims.

Bad News for Owners Who Wants To File Now

The bad news here is that if it is that you owned one of the affected phones and are just now hearing about this news, the deadline reached to submit a claim passed a while back in October 2020. However, as per the attorneys, based on the number of people who reportedly filed, if it is that you are one of the 3 million or so people who got to file and you were approved, then you can be expecting a payment of around $65. More details are listed on a website regarding the settlement.

What the Class-Action Settlement Is All About

The class-action settlement in question in case you don’t know was over Apple slowing down devices once iOS detected that their batteries had degraded. Apple then stated that this would prevent the phones from spontaneously shutting down in the event that the battery couldn’t supply the current that is needed. However, it had not mentioned the change that reportedly shipped in an iOS 10 software update until after users picked up on the said issue, thus confirming what some consider “planned obsolescence” that reportedly pushed many users to unnecessarily buy new phones even as Apple said that it was done to make the devices work better as they got old.

What Is Apple Battery Gate

It was noticed that certain models of iPhones were sold with reported defective batteries thus leading to unwanted crashes while being utilized. Apple instead of mixing the said issue quietly and unknown to users implemented a software upgrade that unraveled quickly, thus giving way to a host of events dubbed “Batterygate.”



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