Apple to Pay $500 Million to Settle ‘BatteryGate’ Lawsuit for Throttling Older iPhones

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Apple can pay nearly $25 to affected iPhone users – mainly owners of iPhone 6, 7 and SE devices – as a part of the $500 million class-action settlement. It’s a well-known case that saw Apple slowing down older iPhones with A battery software update in 2017 so as to preserve the battery life. The preliminary proposed class-action settlement still requires approval by the US district judge Edward Davila in San Jose, California, reports Inc.com.

If you owned an iPhone that suffered from performance throttling – iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7Plus or SE, running iOS 10.2.1 before December 21, 2017 – you’re entitled to the claim.

Apple admitted in 2017 that the software update bogged down certain iPhone models with degraded batteries. The iPhone maker said that the update was necessary to stop unexpected shutdowns and preserve the lifetime of the devices. However, the Cupertino-based tech giant also apologized for not communicating to users properly and offered affected customers cut-price iPhone battery replacements.

France’s consumer fraud group earlier last month imposed a 25 million-euros fine on Apple for deliberately slowing down certain older iPhone models. The Directorate-General for Competition, Consumption and therefore the Suppression of Fraud (DGCCRF), which is a component of the country’s economy ministry, concluded that Apple had did not inform users that iOS updates to older iPhones could hamper their devices.

“We know that a number of you are feeling Apple has allowed you to down. We apologize,” Apple had said during a statement. Apple also reduced the worth of an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement by $50 from $79 to $29 for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needed to get replaced.

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