Users affected by Apple’s throttling of older iPhones can now submit a claim to potentially receive around $25 per phone, following a court’s decision to accept Apple’s settlement.
The lawsuit had alleged that Apple was intentionally slowing down older iPhones so that it could force consumers to buy new iPhones or replace the batteries on their existing devices. The company never talked about the Battery Health management feature on its iPhones that throttled the devices as their battery degraded over time. This led users to believe that their iPhone was slowing down due to age when there were other factors at play.
Apple’s proposed $500 million deal to settle the series of class-action lawsuits over its slowing down of older iPhones, has been approved by the US District Court. Following a preliminary approval in May 2020, the court is now requesting that eligible affected users file to receive their portion of the settlement.
Apple’s throttling of older iPhones
“If you are or were a U.S. owner of an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, and/or SE device that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later before December 21, 2017, and/or a U.S. owner of an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus device that ran iOS 11.2 or later before December 21, 2017,” says a website created for the purpose, “you could be entitled to benefits under a class action settlement.”
The amount an eligible user will receive depends upon the total number of people claiming. “The cash payment per eligible device depends on the actual number of approved claims and other factors, including the award of attorneys’ fees and expenses and Named Plaintiff service awards,” says the full notice.
“Under the proposed settlement, Apple shall pay a minimum of $310,000,000 (the “Floor”) and a maximum of $500,000,000 (the “Ceiling”),” it continues. “Under no circumstances shall any of the Floor revert to Apple.”
Apple had apologized to its customers and also offered discounted battery replacement at $29 for the eligible devices. iOS was quickly updated to show Battery Health and whether or not the device is throttled. That apart, users are also given a choice to enable/disable throttling.
A website has been set up where eligible class members can submit a claim or review their other options. All claims must be submitted online or received by letter mail by October 6, 2020, or else payment is forfeited.