The Apple iPhone throttling saga is coming to an end, with the release of a new claim website, paying out $500 million total or about $25 per incident…
Throttlegate or batterygate — Apple’s intentional slowing down of iPhones that created a worldwide scandal, is almost over. Back in March, the company agreed to pay out as much as $500 million to affected consumers. Now, there’s a website that allows iPhone owners to claim up to $25.
Apple iPhone Throttling Settlement Payout Website Appears
Of course, not every iPhone owner will qualify. In order to be eligible, claimants must have previously or currently own an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and or an iPhone SE that ran iOS 10.2.1. And, have owned or still own one of those models or iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models that ran iOS 11.2. Additionally, claimants must have experienced “diminished performance.”
The lawsuit actually dates back to three years ago, in 2017, when the tech company admitted it intentionally slowed down older iPhones with aging batteries in order to prevent them from unexpectedly shutting down.
At the time, Apple did not make it clear that owners of older iPhones could avoid slowdowns simply by purchasing new batteries. So, many people assumed the only solution was to upgrade to a new and much more expensive model. (Although, the company did temporarily lower the replacement battery cost from $79 down to $29 for out-of-warranty models.)
The website outlines various caveats, including still requiring court approval of the settlement:
“The Court in charge of this case still must decide whether to approve the settlement. Payments will be made if the Court approves the settlement and after any appeals are resolved. Please be patient.”