Apple has begun paying compensation to owners of slowed-down iPhones

Apple this week began paying compensation to users of certain iPhone models as part of a settlement in a class action lawsuit in the United States in which the company was accused of deliberately slowing down the processors of older iPhone models, MacRumors reported.. The batterygate settlement website says distributions will begin in January.

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The lawsuit against Apple was filed in December 2017, shortly after the company admitted that it was limiting the maximum performance of some iPhone models with “chemically aged” batteries in order to prevent the smartphone from unexpectedly shutting down.. The power management system was launched with the iOS 10.2.1 update, although the company did not mention it in the update notes.

At the same time, Apple has repeatedly denied all accusations of any legal violations, noting that it agreed to a settlement agreement to resolve the class action only in order to “avoid burdensome and costly litigation.”

Eligible for compensation as part of the settlement are U.S. residents who owned an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and/or iPhone SE models running iOS 10.2.1 or later and/or iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus running iOS 11.2 or later before December 21, 2017. The deadline for submitting a claim for compensation is October 2020.

Apple has agreed to pay compensation in a settlement totaling between $310 million and $500 million, depending on the number of participants in the class action.. Each participant will receive monetary compensation of $92.17 from the company.