Apple found themselves in hot water when it was discovered that they were secretly throttling the performance of older iPhone models, which was done to prevent overheating. Following a U.S. class action lawsuit that Apple agreed to settle earlier this year, those impacted can now file to receive their settlement.
Apple will provide approximately $25 to each eligible iPhone owner who submits a claim, with the total payout expected to fall between $310 million and $500 million. The $25 figure may vary, as it will depend on how many claims are submitted.
If you’re wondering whether or not you are eligible for this settlement, you must own or have previously owned an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6s Plus, and/or iPhone SE that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later, and/or an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus that ran iOS 11.2 or later, prior to December 21st, 2017. You must also have experienced some kind of “diminished performance” on your device.
There is a website where eligible class members can submit a claim or review their options. This includes an option to exclude yourself from the lawsuit in order to retain the ability to sue Apple individually.
Despite the settlement that Apple has agreed to, the company has denied all allegations. The reason they claim they agreed to settle is to “avoid burdensome and costly litigation.”
If you plan on submitting a claim to potentially receive the payment, the form must be submitted by October 6th, 2020. Those wishing to take things further may be able to speak in court about the fairness of the settlement by December 4th, 2020.