STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — After a $500 million settlement, Apple has started paying iPhone users who were part of a 2020 lawsuit, according to a report.
The class action lawsuit involved a slow-down of older model phones, claiming software updates were intentionally slowing down older iPhones in an effort to push customers towards newer models, the report states.
However, Apple has denied the claims and admitted no wrong doing, the report also says.
The lawsuit became dubbed as “batterygate,” with many payments as high as $92.17.
The payments, according to the settlement website, will be sent to iPhone users on a “rolling basis,” and will conclude by the end of January.
Consumers claimed Apple slowed down the phone to force buyers to upgrade to the latest iPhone, but in Dec. 2017, Apple said it used the software updates to limit performance of older iPhones that may have battery issues that would cause unexpected shutdowns.
After an initial outcry, Apple offered replacement batteries for $79, later lowering that price to $29 in January 2018, the Advance/SILive previously reported.
The class-action settlement covers people who bought an Apple iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, and SE devices running the iOS 10.2.1 or later operating system, and who ran these iOS versions before Dec. 21, 2017, according to court documents.
The deadline for submitting a claim was in October of 2020.
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