The iPhone “Batterygate” saga was one of the biggest controversies Apple has ever faced. The acceleration of Apple iPhones with old batteries sparked a class action lawsuit, and you can now register to get your share of the settlement that was reached earlier this year. By MacRumorsThere is now a website where American consumers who owned an affected iPhone can file a claim.
To meet the criteria, you must have or have previously owned:
- An iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and / or iPhone SE that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later before December 21, 2017
- An iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus with iOS 11.2 or later before December 21, 2017
As part of the terms of the agreement, Apple agreed to pay a maximum of $ 500 million. The company “will provide a cash payment of approximately $ 25 per eligible device,” although that number may decrease if the total number of approved claims exceeds the $ 500 million limit. You can also exclude yourself from the agreement on the website. The only real reason to do so would be if you plan to sue Apple directly over the battery management issue.
The claims website will ask for the serial number of your iPhone. There is also a search tool if you no longer have access to that information, in case you have sold or disposed of one of the iPhones that are part of the case.
Wondering when you might see your check? According to a frequently asked question on the website, there is a final hearing scheduled for December 4 in which a judge will potentially sign the agreement. If this occurs without appeal, the benefits of the settlement will be distributed “immediately”.
Apple apologized for its handling of the iPhone slowdown drama in late 2017. The company’s lack of transparency around its decision to slow the performance of older iPhones with old batteries was at the center of the controversy. To make up for the “misunderstanding,” Apple offered battery replacements at a reduced cost and gave customers a way to disable battery management, at the risk of unexpected downtime, in the iPhone’s settings menu. In addition to the resulting public outcry and many news headlines on the subject, Apple was also investigated by various countries about the iPhone battery decision.