Millions of users of earlier iPhone models whose smartphones slowed down due to software updates might soon get paid. $310 million to $500 million will shortly be distributed by Apple to up to 3 million owners of numerous pre-2018 model iPhones.
The compensation will be given to the impacted individuals who filed claims against the internet giant in 2020 for a problem dubbed “batterygate.” Mark C. Molumphy, a partner at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy one of the companies conducting the lawsuit on behalf of Apple customers stated, “We can finally provide immediate cash payments to impacted Apple customers.”
The agreement was reached when a judge rejected Apple’s attempt to have a class-action case filed against the tech giant dismissed. They added that this cleared the way for consumers impacted by software throttling to collect compensation funds.
How Much Will Apple Pay to Users?
According to lawyer Mark C. Molumphy, Apple would pay you about $65 in compensation if you submitted a claim. He said:
“It could be higher, as much as $85 to $90, depending on the number of claims submitted.”
Smaller numbers of complaints typically result in higher rewards for each individual claimant. In accordance with a court-ordered deduction for attorney’s fees and other charges, around 3.3 million iPhone customers submitted claims before the deadline, which means they may all get $128.
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Which iPhone Users Get the Settlement Money?
Owners of iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus and SE models running iOS 10.2.1 or later and iPhone 7 and 7 Plus running iOS 11.2 or later before December 21, 2017 may be eligible for payouts.
Only impacted customers who submitted claims before the October 6, 2020 deadline, however, may be qualified to receive a payout.
When Wil iPhone Users Get Money?
When exactly eligible consumers will get their settlement cheques is unknown. Inquiries for comment from CBS MoneyWatch were not immediately answered by either Apple or attorneys for Apple customers.
According to the class-action consumer portal ClassAction.org, most class actions take two to three years to conclude, while some may take longer, especially if a court decision is challenged. The Batterygate class-action case has been drawn out due to court procedures and the appeals process, which has extended the time until claimants receive their money.
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