The iPhone’s “battery door” legend is one of the biggest controversies Apple has faced in history. Apple’s restrictions on the aging of iPhone batteries triggered a class action lawsuit, and now you can sign up to get part of the settlement agreement reached earlier this year. each McCrumsThere is now a website where US consumers with affected iPhones can file claims.
In order to meet the conditions, you must currently or previously have:
- IPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and/or iPhone SE running iOS 10.2.1 or later before December 21
- IPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus running iOS 11.2 or later before December 21, 2017
As part of the settlement terms, Apple agreed to pay up to $500 million. The company will “provide approximately $25 in cash payments for each qualified device”, but if the total number of approved claims exceeds the $500 million cap, this number may decrease. You can also exclude yourself from the settlement of the site. The only real reason for this is if you intend to sue Apple directly for battery management issues.
The claim website will ask you to provide the serial number of the iPhone. If you no longer have access to this information, there is also a search tool-in case you sell or otherwise abandon one of the iPhones.
Want to know when you see the check? According to the FAQs on the website, a final hearing will be held on December 4, and the judge may sign a settlement agreement. If this happens without any appeal, the settlement benefits will be distributed “immediately”.
Apple apologized for dealing with the iPhone slowdown in late 2017. The company’s lack of transparency in its decision to reduce the performance of older iPhones is the core of the controversy. To compensate for this “misunderstanding,” Apple provides battery replacement services at a reduced cost, and provides customers with a way to disable battery management in the iPhone’s “Settings” menu (which may lead to an unexpected shutdown). In addition to causing strong public protests and many headlines on the issue, Apple also investigated Apple’s decision on the use of iPhone batteries.