This year, Apple was caught seriously slowing down iPhones and was not only sued in France by regulators for $27 million, but in California they were hit with a class action lawsuit for $500 million. Now finally, Apple will be compensating all iPhone users that were affected by their batteries being throttled popularly referred to as “batterygate”. If you have or had an older model iPhone you’ll want to check out if you can file a claim and get what you’re rightfully owed.
How do you know if you can stake a claim? You need to have owned one of these various iPhone models during the periods of time listed below:
- An iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and / or an iPhone SE that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later before December 21st, 2017
- An iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus that ran iOS 11.2 or later before December 21st, 2017
The lawsuit was filed in the Northern District of California San Jose Division on April 3, 2020. The company must “provide a cash payment of approximately $25 per qualifying device,” but that number will go down if the total number of accepted claims reaches the $500 million limit. You can also remove yourself from the settlement at the website if you choose to,but the only benefit of that would be if you were filing your own civil suit against Apple, which is not recommended.
If you are going to file a claim, make sure you file it by October 6, 2020 because they will not accept any more requests after that date. Those that successfully file a claim and are included in the lawsuit should expect their check of $25 around early December because the final hearing or “fairness hearing” is scheduled for December 4th, 2020. If Apple does not appeal, which they most likely will not, given they have already accepted responsibility for their actions and have accepted the blame, impacted consumers can expect payments quickly.
This is not the first time Apple has been caught for misconduct behind closed doors. This past May, a former Apple contractor Thomas le Bonniec sent a letter to multiple European Regulation Agencies and data privacy experts revealing how Apple has been collecting and storing all Siri recordings. “I listened to hundreds of recordings every day, from various Apple devices (e.g., iPhones, Apple Watches, or iPads). These recordings were often taken outside of any activation of Siri, e.g., in the context of an actual intention from the user to activate it for a request. These processings were made without users being aware of it,” le Bonniec said in his letter.
If you do not currently own the model or version of iPhone that applies to the lawsuit, the settlement website provides a search tool that lets users find their old phones serial number through their Apple ID. You can file your claim online or through the mail and it only takes minutes. Take advantage of this opportunity for a quick $25, but also to show Apple and the rest of the tech giants that the consumers are fed up with these companies doing whatever they want and it is time they are held accountable.