Apple to Pay Up to $500M Over Battery-Related Phone Slowdown

Via:  perrie-halpern  •  one month ago  •  3 comments

Apple to Pay Up to $500M Over Battery-Related Phone Slowdown
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IPhone owners could get $25 from Apple after the company agreed to pay up to $500 million to settle claims over intentionally slowing down older phones to preserve older batteries.

Cupertino-based Apple and lawyers representing iPhone consumers agreed to a deal stemming from Apple's 2017 admission that it was slowing down phone performance in older models to avoid unexpected shutdowns related to battery fatigue.

That admission led to Apple offering discounted battery replacements at $29, but many people claimed they had already spent hundreds of dollars to buy new phones because Apple didn't reveal the cause of the problem. If they had known they could just buy new batteries, they might not have bought new phones, some consumers in the case said.

Apple did not admit wrongdoing. As part of the settlement, the company will pay $310 million to $500 million, including about $93 million to lawyers representing consumers.

IPhone users who were named in the class-action lawsuit will get up to $3,500 each. The rest of the settlement money will be distributed to owners of iPhone 6, 6S, 7 and SE models who meet eligibility requirements related to the operating system they had running. They must file claims to get the award. If too many people file, the $25 amount could shrink.

A federal judge in San Jose, California, still needs to approve the settlement.


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1  squiggy    one month ago

"...$93 million to lawyers representing consumers."

"If too many people file, the $25 amount could shrink."

Companies don't learn. Next, some carmaker will rig emissions just to pass a test.

2  Ender    one month ago

I guess I am probably the only one that thinks it wasn't that bad. So they slowed performance in older models to maybe extend battery life and stop unexpected shut downs.

I had a 6 and never experienced any performance issues. Well, until I dropped it.

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3  Dean Moriarty    one month ago

Just a little bump in the road for a phenomenally successful business. 


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