A legal case might result in payments for millions of iPhone users.
Following a lawsuit alleging the corporation purposefully reduced the performance of older phones to entice users to buy newer models or replacement batteries, Apple Inc. has agreed to pay a settlement of up to $500 million.
According to Reuters, Apple would compensate customers $25 for each phone under the preliminary proposed class action complaint. U.S. District Judge Edward Davila, who supervised the lawsuit brought in San Jose, California, must approve any settlement.
The $25 payout may seem minimal to buyers, considering that a new iPhone may cost anywhere between $649 and $849. (for a lower-end model). Depending on how many people file lawsuits, the price might change, and the deal requires the business to pay at least $310 million.
Apple, on the other hand, maintains that it did nothing wrong in this situation and that it just agreed to the settlement to avoid the expense and hardship of going to court.
The settlement applies to all U.S. owners of an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7 Plus, or SE running iOS 10.2.1 or any subsequent operating system. iOS 11.2 or later users of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus later before Dec. 21, 2017, are also covered by the settlement.
Customers of Apple claim that after installing Apple software upgrades, their phones’ performance slowed down.
Customers claim that Apple purposefully decreased the performance of older models via software upgrades to persuade them to install new batteries or unnecessarily switch to newer models. Apple’s attorneys said that the flaws were mostly brought on by heavy usage, temperature fluctuations, and other factors and that their engineers made every effort to find solutions as soon as feasible. The French authorities penalized Apple $27 million for the same problem back in February.