- Apple is finally giving $25 as settlement for the iPhone slowdowns in 2017.
- There is a website that lets US customers with eligible devices to file a claim.
- The total settlement amount is $500 million that Apple agreed to pay in 2017.
Apple is finally issuing $25 to iPhone users who were affected by the deliberate slowdown of their devices back in 2017. The controversy wherein Apple admitted it throttled the performance of iPhone units with ageing batteries reached US courts in a class-action lawsuit, to which the Tim Cook-led company agreed to pay $500 million in settlements. A small piece of that settlement, worth $25 (roughly Rs 1,900), is now up for claims via a dedicated website but it is applicable only to US iPhone users for now.
The Californian government has set up a dedicated website, with "In re Apple Inc. Device Performance Litigation" mentioned in the mast. To be eligible for the claim, the website outlines that
a.) you should be a US owner of iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and/or iPhone SE 1st-generation,
b.) running iOS 10.21.1 or later on the devices before December 2017,
and are impacted by Apple's deliberate throttling to give the batteries more life, you can file a claim by filling out an online form or sending a mail. Only $25 per device is up for claims, which means if you have more than one iPhone units from the list, you can file multiple claims.
The website would require you to enter the serial number of the iPhone the claim is to be filed for. If you are unaware about the serial number, the website has other options to let you file the claim. There are other options available if you are not content with the settlement money and want to object, or if you want to exclude yourself from claiming the settlement amount, which can be chosen within deadlines. The deadline to claim the settlement is October 6, 2020. You can also choose to do nothing.
In one of the biggest controversies for Apple, the US consumers sued the company for slowing down the iPhones to save the ageing batteries from going kaput. As a result, the aforementioned iPhone, running the said software, began to underperform. Apple admitted to having done the throttling and hiding it from customers. A class-action lawsuit was filed against Apple, followed by various measures that Apple undertook to make up for the controversy. Apple discounted battery replacements for the impacted users, in addition to offering users an option to disable throttling of performance in subsequent iOS updates. The Battery Health section was also added to iOS after the "batterygate" controversy.