Apple to settle customers with $500 million over slow iPhones

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The settlement comes after customers alleged that Apple slowed down older iPhones after installing new operating systems or software updates when newer models were released, leading some owners to buy new batteries or new phones.

The preliminary proposed settlement still requires approval by U.S. District Judge Edward Davila in San Jose, Calif., before eligible iPhone users can file a claim.

It covers US owners of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus or SE that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later operating system and owners of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that ran iOS 11.2 or later before December 21, 2017. As part of this settlement, Apple will pay around $25 per iPhone to consumers. While the proposed award only applies to U.S. customers, the settlement says consumers outside of the country still have the right to file legal claims against Apple to pay up over Batterygate.

Recently, Apple was fined 25 million euros by French government for slowing down iPhones through updates.

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Today, Apple, which has not commented on the court decision, is preparing to compensate the owners concerned.

A public website will also be created so that applicable iPhone owners can apply to receive the $25 reward. It also covers USA owners of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that ran iOS 11.2 or later before December 21, 2017.

Apple previously admitted to the practice of slowing down phones, saying it was to increase the life of devices with aging batteries. The attorneys representing plaintiffs in the class-action suit intend to seek up to $93 million as "reasonable attorneys' fees" plus a maximum of $1.5 million for out-of-pocket expenses. As a result of pressure from cranky consumers relating to the publicity around the case, Apple dropped the price of its battery replacement scheme to $39 from its usual $119 (at the time), although that scheme concluded at the end of 2018.

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