If you’re the type of person who likes to stay up-to-date on all things Apple, you may remember that all the way back in 2017 the company was accused of essentially “downgrading” the quality of older iPhones by way of operating system updates.
Essentially, people began to notice that as their phone got older, its performance would degrade significantly – this despite the fact there was really no logical reason to do so.
After some back-and-forth, it was revealed that something was indeed going on behind the scenes.
Apple argued that it was limiting performance to protect iPhones with aging batteries, as if they were left at full performance the batteries would deplete much faster. Detractors argued that this was likely either a way to convince people to upgrade to a newer model, to spend $29 on a replacement battery, or, in all likelihood, both.
Regardless, Apple was sued and earlier in 2020 it agreed to a $500 million class-action settlement. You’d be forgiven for missing this particular news story, what with everything going on in the world right now.
But the reason why this story has hit the news yet again is because Apple actually agreed to a second settlement. 34 states came together to sue Apple and it could see the tech giant pay an additional $113 million as a result.
Apple’s New iPhone Settlement: What It Means and What Might Happen
Part of the reason why this new settlement is such a big deal (beyond the price tag, of course) is because it’s the first time that the attorneys general in these 34 states have formally accused Apple of profiting off an issue they didn’t seem to have any original intention of telling people about.
They said that by hiding the fact that they were throttling performance, Apple “fully understood” that it could spend an entire year profiting off of people who thought they needed to upgrade to a new model. In reality, all they needed to do was replace their phone’s battery and the iPhone would essentially be as good as new again.
Regardless of which side of the issue you come down on, the chances are high that you’re someone who owns one of the iPhones in question – which means that you should continue to track this story moving forward.
The settlement itself hasn’t been fully approved by a judge yet, but it likely will be after a fairness hearing on December 4, 2020.
Most of us won’t see any of the $113 million. As reported in my previous posts… For compensation, you needed to file a claim as a part of the previous $500 million class action settlement and the deadline for that ended in October. Anyone who was approved will see a payment of up to $25 at some point, although that number will decrease depending on the total number of claims filed.
Tom Myers says
Count me in. I am an iPhone user for several years!
I have a iPhone s which I got a replacement a couple months ago I heard nothing about the lawsuit, from Apple or news so how do I file a claim one??? Thinking about upgrade my iPhone or my iPad please advice on what to do??? Thanks
Alfonso Diaz says
The only people that ever make money on class action lawsuits are the Lawyers. $24 for filling out a 20 page form is hardly worth the effort. Not sure why the class action rulings keep going on. Perhaps the Judges also get a “take.” It is all ugly and the rich just get richer. AD
Dianne Gavitt says
Thanks for the update. I was able to meet the filing deadline for our two iPhones Both iPhones were victims of the throttling. We had to drive over 60 miles to get the $29. battery replacement. I’m glad to see Apple admitted they did this and are going to pay out even though the amount may be small. I still think Apple is a good company and will continue to buy the iPhone.
Thanks for all you do on the icanlearnthis
Lisa Jensen says
My iPhone is an 8 and I’m having trouble with just touching buttons and it responding. It’s frustrating!
Did not hear about claim and to file by Oct. Can we still file due to the new update.
marjorie dragon says
Count me in I have many apple iPhones and I pads. Need to pay us rebates instead of feeding the lawyers!
I wasn’t aware of the lawsuit or the deadline. I recently upgraded to two IPhones 11. Is it still possible to get in on this lawsuit?
I, at the time, bought a new battery for my iPhone. Than last year I purchased the iPhone 11.
These phones are so expensive; I am a senior citizen & live on a budget: but unfortunately ; having a cell phone has become a necessity in these times. Apple should have more discounts & their phones should last longer.
Linda Kruk says
I have a new I phone this yr. did not file about my old one.can I still file?
Sharon Kay Murray says
I have an I phone 6s Plus & had to replace the battery. It cost me $65 to replace it.