IPhone Owners Can File Now for $25 Slowdown Settlement

Joanna Estrada
July 14, 2020

As part of the lawsuit settlement, Apple agreed to pay a minimum of $US310 ($444) million and a maximum of $US500 ($716) million. Apple's payments are limited to $500 million total, and the $25 checks could shrink, depending on the number of claims filed. The deadline for filing is October 6, 2020, and the court will hold a final hearing on December 4 to decide whether to approve the settlement. Find out how to apply for a Batterygate payment, and exactly what you need to qualify, below.

In December 2017, Apple admitted that iOS software was tweaked to slow performance of older iPhones whose battery life was deteriorating to prevent handsets from spontaneously shutting down. Now the company is responsible for paying out $US500 ($716) million to those who owned one of the affected iPhone models. It eventually led to Apple providing discounted battery replacements, but nonetheless, people were rightfully pissed.

According to MacRumors, "Apple has denied all allegations and is entering into this settlement to 'avoid burdensome and costly litigation.' The settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing by Apple, according to the U.S. District Court for Northern California".

What iPhones qualify for payments?

Eligible devices include iPhone 6 family, and iPhone SE that ran on iOS 10.2.1 or later, along with the iPhone 7 models that were using iOS 11.2 or a previous operating system. Alternatively, you can print out a PDF and mail in the form.

Claims can be filed here. iPhone owners can also opt out, as they would do if they plan to sue Apple directly.

Got your iPhone serial number?

If you are affected by Apple's batterygate, you can now claim your settlement amount. However, if you owned multiple affected devices, you can submit multiple applications.

If you are eligible based on the conditions listed above, you can head on over to this special website set up for this goal, where you can submit a claim or review your other options, one of which is excluding yourself from the lawsuit in order to retain the ability to directly sue Apple yourself over the matter.

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