The End Of "Batterygate": Apple Will Pay $500 Million For Slowing Down The Iphone
One of the most high-profile scandals in the history of Apple, related to the slowdown of old iPhone models, has come to a logical conclusion — "Apple" will pay all affected users monetary compensation, applications for which are still accepted by the company. It is reported that the amount of payment per person will be about $25.
As part of a class-action lawsuit from users, Apple is obligated to pay monetary compensation to all those who suffered from the deliberate slowdown of processors of older iPhone models, which became known at the end of 2017, the Verge reports.
For this purpose, a special website has been created that offers all users from the United States to apply for a payment from Apple if their device meets the specified requirements.
If you own an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, and/or SE that had iOS version 10.2.1 installed, and if you own an iPhone 7 and/or 7 Plus that had iOS version 11.2 or older installed before December 21, 2017, you are entitled to compensation as part of the claim.
Besides, you must specify the serial number of your smartphone.
According to the agreement, the maximum amount that Apple is willing to pay is $500 million. According to preliminary estimates, each victim of "batterygate," as this scandal was called in the press, will receive about $25 per device. It is noted that this amount may be reduced if the number of applications submitted exceeds expectations.
On the above site, you can also exclude yourself from the class action by refusing compensation — this step only makes sense if the user wants to sue Apple on their own, acting as the sole plaintiff.
The final hearing, in this case, is scheduled for December 4, 2020. According to the information on the site, if the judge signs an agreement between users and the company, the compensation will be paid "as quickly as possible."
Rumors that the old iPhones start to work worse with the release of each new model have long been circulating among Apple fans. However, the experiment that proved the truth of these rumors was conducted only at the end of 2017. Then developer John Poole compared the performance of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 on different versions of the operating system — iOS 10.2.1 and 11.2.0. as a result, he concluded that Apple specifically underestimates the processor performance as part of the update. At the same time, replacing the official battery with any other one returns the processor to normal operation.
According to the author of the study, the slow operation of the iPhone often forces users to buy a new gadget instead of changing the battery.
The spread of the Pool study on the Internet forced Apple to admit that the slow-down feature did exist. However, according to the company's representative, this was done for the benefit of users. Apple said that the lithium-ion batteries of smartphones wear out over time, and therefore can no longer cope with the peak load, which can lead to unexpected shutdowns of the gadget. A function that understated processor performance was supposed to avoid overloads.