iPhone Users Finally Receiving Payout in $500 Million Settlement
After three years of waiting, iPhone users involved in the 2020 class action lawsuit against Apple are finally receiving their share of the $500 million settlement. This settlement was agreed upon after Apple admitted to intentionally slowing down older iPhone models in 2017. The lawsuit alleged that Apple’s actions were aimed at pushing users to purchase newer models, although Apple claimed the slowdown was necessary to prevent device shutdowns. Now, a judge has approved payments to be made to those who registered for the class action lawsuit, with each person set to receive a check for $65.
In 2017, Apple acknowledged that its iOS software had the capability to slow down older iPhone models. This admission led to a class action lawsuit in 2020, with iPhone users claiming that Apple intentionally slowed down their devices to encourage upgrades. The lawsuit also highlighted Apple’s failure to disclose this feature to buyers, which further fueled concerns that the slowdown was due to aging devices.
Apple agreed to the settlement and offered replacement batteries to those who complained, in addition to modifying its software. However, it took three years for the settlement to progress due to objections and appeals from two iPhone owners. Ultimately, the appeal was lost, allowing the settlement payments to proceed.
The Settlement and Eligibility
The settlement received approval in March 2020 and included approximately 3 million claims. However, only those who registered to be part of the class action lawsuit will receive a payout. Eligible iPhone models for the settlement include the iPhone 6, 6S, 6S Plus, 6 Plus, or SE running iOS 12.2.1 or later. The iPhone 7 or 7 Plus running older iOS software from December 2017 is also included.
Each individual who registered for the class action lawsuit will receive a check for $65. While this may not seem like a significant amount, it serves as compensation for the inconvenience caused by the intentional slowdown of their devices.
After a lengthy legal process, iPhone users involved in the class action lawsuit against Apple are finally receiving their share of the $500 million settlement. While some may argue that the payout is relatively small, it still acknowledges the wrongdoing and serves as a form of compensation for affected users. This case also highlights the importance of transparency and disclosure by technology companies, ensuring that consumers are fully informed about the features and limitations of their devices.
- Apple has agreed to pay $500 million in a settlement to iPhone users who were affected by intentional device slowdowns.
- The intentional slowdown was aimed at preventing device shutdowns and was not disclosed to buyers.
- Eligible iPhone models for the settlement include the iPhone 6, 6S, 6S Plus, 6 Plus, or SE running specific iOS versions.
- Each individual who registered for the class action lawsuit will receive a check for $65.
- This settlement serves as a reminder for technology companies to prioritize transparency and consumer trust.