Apple Set to Pay $310-500 Million to iPhone Users in “Batterygate” Settlement
Apple has agreed to pay out a staggering $310-500 million to as many as 3 million iPhone users who experienced slowed-down devices after software updates. The payout comes as a result of a class-action lawsuit that was filed against Apple back in 2017. The technology giant initially appealed the lawsuit, but ultimately, a judge dismissed their appeal.
The issue, famously known as “batterygate,” revolves around software updates provided by Apple to older iPhone models that had low-capacity batteries. These updates intentionally slowed down the devices in order to prevent unexpected shutdowns. Apple claimed that this move was aimed at extending the lifespan of these devices and not to deceive customers into upgrading unnecessarily.
Eligible iPhone users who filed claims may receive a settlement of approximately $65 from Apple. However, the amount of the payout could potentially be higher depending on the number of claims submitted. Those who own iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, and 7 Plus models, running certain versions of iOS before December 21, 2017, are eligible for the settlement payments.
Unfortunately, the timeline for when eligible users will receive their settlement checks is currently unclear. Both Apple and the lawyers involved in the case have declined to comment on the matter. The delay in distributing the settlement money is being attributed to court procedures and the appeals process, which have greatly prolonged the resolution of the lawsuit.
This news has garnered mixed reactions from iPhone users. While some are relieved that they will finally be compensated for their device slowdowns, others remain frustrated with Apple’s handling of the situation. The “batterygate” scandal has tarnished Apple’s reputation and raised questions about the company’s transparency and commitment to its customers.
In the end, Apple’s decision to settle the lawsuit and pay out hundreds of millions of dollars reflects the gravity of the situation. It serves as a reminder to technology companies that their actions regarding software updates and device performance have real consequences for consumers. Only time will tell if this settlement helps to restore the trust and goodwill that Apple once enjoyed among its loyal iPhone users.