Are you a victim of ‘batterygate?’ Users with older iPhones may be eligible for a $25 settlement if their device was covertly slowed by the tech giant
- Apple came under fire in 2017 for covertly slowing older iPhone devices
- The move was to force users into purchasing the latest smartphone
- Earlier this year, the firm agreed to pay a $500 million class-action settlement
- Users who were affected by the event will receive a $25 settlement
Apple agreed to pay a $500 million class-action settlement for secretly slowing older iPhone models to force users to upgrade and now consumers can reap the benefits.
Under the lawsuit, the tech giant is providing $25 to all those affected by the smartphone ‘batterygate.’
Eligible devices include iPhone 6 family, and iPhone SE that ran on iOS 10.2.1 or later, along with the iPhone 7 models that were using iOS 11.2 or a previous operating system.
There is a specific website for users to submit a claim, which must be done online or by mail no later than October 6 – or payment is forfeited.
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Under the lawsuit, the tech giant is providing $25 to all those affected by the smartphone ‘batterygate.’ Those who had an iPhone 7 (pictured) and experienced issues may be eligible
In December 2017, Apple admitted that iOS software was tweaked to slow performance of older iPhones whose battery life was deteriorating to prevent handsets from spontaneously shutting down.
Critics accused Apple of surreptitiously forcing users to buy phones sooner than necessary, and the outcry forced Apple to upgrade its software and offer steep discounts on battery replacements.
The proposed settlement calls for Apple to pay at least $310 million dollars, but no more than $500 million to compensate affected US iPhone owners and pay lawyers for the plaintiffs, according to court documents.
The website, called Smartphone Performance Settlement, provides a claim for that can be completed online or sent in by mail.
There is a specific website for users to submit a claim, which must be done online or by mail no later than October 6 – or payment is forfeited. Pictured is an iPhone SE, which is on the list that was hit with ‘batterygate’
Users can also have their $25 directly deposited into their bank account by providing a rounding and account number on the form.
The hearing is set for December 4, which will determine whether to approve the settlement and according to the website, ‘the appeal process can take time, perhaps more than a year.’
‘If there is no appeal, your settlement benefit will be processed promptly. Please be patient.’
By submitting a claim, users are also forfeiting their right to sue Apple independently.
‘If you don’t want a payment from this settlement, but you want to keep the right to sue, or continue to sue, Apple on your own about the claims and allegations in this case, then you must take steps to get out of the Settlement Class,’ reads the website.
‘This is what it means to request to be excluded from or ‘opt out’ of the Settlement Class.
People who owned iPhone 7 models or older will get $25 for each handset, with the amount rising or falling depending on how many people file claims and costs of getting word to them.