Apple Settlement of $500M for Older iPhone Models
Apple has agreed to pay up to half a billion dollars to settle a class action lawsuit involving older iPhone models. The settlement agreement, which still needs approval by a judge on April 3, ends two year long legal battle. Apple is denying wrongdoing in the case and said it was only agreeing to avoid the cost and burden associated with the lawsuit.
Consumers began complaining about the poor performance of their devices’ batteries in 2016. Instead of fixing the battery defect, Apple produced a software update. That update slowed the performance of the mobile phones once installed. The plaintiffs say that Apple hid the true purpose of the update because they wanted to increase sales by compelling users to buy new ones.
Apple will pay the owners of certain iPhone models $25 per affected device, totaling a minimum of $310 million. But, it could go up to $500 million, according to documents released in US District Court in San Jose, California. The amount each user receives could increase or decrease depending on how many claims are filed. It can also vary based on any additional legal fees and expenses approved by the court, the document added.
iPhone users in the United States can file settlement claims if they owned an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus or SE device bought before December 21, 2017. The company has yet to share information on where or how consumers can file their claims for this Apple settlement. I will update the article once that information is provided. So if you owned one of those models, keep an eye out and make sure to file a claim.