Apple Has Started Paying Batterygate Settlements To Old iPhone Owners
Back in 2020 Apple agreed that it would pay up to $500 million as part of a settlement over a class action lawsuit that claimed it throttled some iPhone models, possibly in an attempt to find a way to get people to buy newer models.
Now, the company has started to pay out to those who submitted a claim as part of that suit.
The payments of $92.17 per claim are starting to roll out to people now, with those who had multiple affected iPhones able to make multiple claims — potentially giving them a nice post-Holidays bonus.
The lawsuit itself was filed way back in December of 2017 after it was found that Apple was slowing down some older iPhones due to their sub-par battery performance, as MacRumors reports.
The lawsuit was filed in December 2017, shortly after Apple revealed that it throttled the maximum performance of some iPhone models with “chemically aged” batteries when necessary to prevent the devices from unexpectedly shutting down. Apple introduced this power management system in iOS 10.2.1, but it initially failed to mention the change in that update’s release notes.
Apple later had to apologize for the situation, reducing the price of a new iPhone battery to just $29 in 2018. However, Apple maintained that it didn’t do anything illegal.
As for the iPhones that were included in the class action, the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE were named if they ran iOS 10.2.1 or later. Any iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus that ran iOS 11.2 or later before December 21, 2017 could also be submitted as a claim.