Are you a victim of “batterygate?” Users with older iPhones may be eligible for a $ 25 settlement if their device was secretly delayed by the tech giant
- Apple came under fire in 2017 for secretly slowing down older iPhone devices
- The move was to force users to buy the latest smartphone
- Earlier this year, the company agreed to pay a $ 500 million class action settlement
- Users affected by the event will receive a $ 25 settlement
Apple agreed to pay a $ 500 million settlement to secretly slow down older iPhone models to force users to upgrade and now consumers can take advantage of this.
Under the lawsuit, the tech giant is providing $ 25 to anyone affected by the smartphone’s “ battery port. ”
Eligible devices include the iPhone 6 family and the iPhone SE running iOS 10.2.1 or later, along with the iPhone 7 models running iOS 11.2 or a previous operating system.
There is a specific one website for users to file a claim, which must be made online or by mail no later than October 6 – otherwise payment will be forfeited.
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Under the lawsuit, the tech giant is providing $ 25 to anyone affected by the smartphone’s “ battery port. ” Those with an iPhone 7 (photo) and experienced issues may qualify
In December 2017, Apple admitted that iOS software has been modified to slow down the performance of older iPhones, whose battery life deteriorates, to prevent handsets from turning off spontaneously.
Critics accused Apple of secretly forcing users to buy phones earlier than necessary, and the outrage forced Apple to upgrade its software and offer sharp discounts on battery replacement.
According to the proposed settlement, Apple must pay at least $ 310 million, but no more than $ 500 million, to pay the affected iPhone owners and attorneys for the plaintiffs, court documents said.
The website, called Smartphone Performance Settlement, offers a claim that can be completed online or filed by mail.
There is a dedicated website for users to file a claim, which must be made online or by post no later than October 6 – otherwise the payment will be forfeited. Depicted is an iPhone SE, which is on the list that was hit with ‘batterygate’
Users can also have their $ 25 deposited directly into their bank account by providing a rounding and account number on the form.
The hearing is scheduled for December 4, which will determine whether the settlement should be approved and, according to the website, “the appeals process may take time, perhaps more than a year.”
If no appeal is filed, your settlement payment will be processed immediately. Please be patient. “
By filing a claim, users also lose their right to sue Apple independently.
“If you do not want payment from this settlement, but you want to retain the right to sue or sue Apple for the claims and allegations in this case, you must take steps to withdraw from the agreement’s Settlement Class,” the website.
“This is what it means to request to be excluded or” waived “from the Settlement Class.
People who had iPhone 7 models or older get $ 25 for each handset, the amount going up or down depending on the number of people making claims and the cost of notifying them.