Apple has begun paying $97.12 to customers in the U.S. following a lawsuit over slowing iPhones with old batteries

Apple has begun paying $97.12 to customers in the U.S. following a lawsuit over slowing iPhones with old batteries

At the beginning of January 2024, Apple began paying compensation in the US to each victim and confirmed this fact to the customer for $97.12 as part of a class-action settlement against the manufacturer for deliberately slowing down iPhones with old batteries.

The total amount of Apple’s compensation payments is between $310 million and $500 million, including attorneys’ fees. The lawsuit filings said the payout per customer would range from $25 to $500, depending on the number of plaintiffs. As a result, after analyzing the submitted applications, Apple agreed on the sum of $97.12.

A class action lawsuit against Apple was filed in 2017. At the time, the company admitted that iOS was slowing down older iPhone models. Apple apologized for its actions and offered device owners new batteries. At the same time, the company claimed that the slowdown was allegedly a forced measure to prevent smartphones from unexpectedly turning off when performing certain tasks. Apple released a new power management system in iOS 10.2.1, but did not initially mention the change in the update’s release notes. Then Apple apologized for the lack of transparency of this situation in the software release and temporarily lowered the price of replacing the iPhone battery to $29 in 2018.

In 2020, the parties reached a settlement agreement. In total, about 3 million plaintiffs took part in the class action. For three years, the plaintiffs and Apple agreed on the amount of compensation. Payments will be made to US owners of iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone SE who join the lawsuit by October 6, 2020.

The filings say the payout per person will range from $25 to $500, depending on the number of plaintiffs. In total, the company will pay from $310 to $500 million, including attorneys’ fees. In October 2023, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit dismissed the last remaining appeal of Apple’s lawsuit, leaving the Agreement’s effective date as November 6, 2023. Based on the timelines set out in the Global Agreement, Apple was expected to begin mass payments from January 2024. The administration of the website created to settle the lawsuit is asking affected customers to be patient and wait for payments from Apple.

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