In March, Apple agreed to pay $500 million to settle a class-action lawsuit for iPhone throttling. And now it’s time to request your settlement payment.
As you may recall, Apple was found to be silently throttling the performance of iPhones in December 2017. It claimed that it was doing so to preserve battery life, but combined with its policy of only optimizing new iOS releases with new iPhone hardware, it’s clear that the firm was really trying to entice users to buy new iPhones. Since then, Apple has apologized and it now works to ensure that new iOS releases work well on all supported iPhones.
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This wasn’t enough for Apple’s customers, of course, and a series of lawsuits were combined into a class-action lawsuit that the firm finally settled in March 2020. Under the terms of the settlement, Apple will pay up to $500 million in damages. Better still, impacted customers will be paid $25 for each affected iPhone they own(ed).
And if you are one of those customers—as both Brad and I are—and live in the United States, you can now claim your $25 (or more, if you owned multiple impacted iPhones).
The fine print: You must live in the U.S. You must have owned an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, and/or SE running iOS 10.2.1 or later before December 21, 2017, or an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus running iOS 11.2 or later before the same date. The filing deadline is October 6, 2020, and there will be a final hearing on December 4, 2020 to determine whether the settlement is approved. So it will be several months before you get a check.
Still. Totally worth doing.