Bite This Apple
A class action lawsuit made against Apple claimed that the company intentionally slowed down the battery discharge rate after OS update. Without admitting wrong-doing, Apple has agreed to give iPhone owners a small bite of a $500 million lawsuit.
Consumers claimed that their phones' performance suffered after they installed Apple software updates. Many were misled into believing their phones were near the end of their lifecycles and bought newer phones.
iPhone SE and iPhone 6 owners that ran the iOS 10.2.1 update or later as well as owners of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that ran iOS 11.2 or later before Dec. 21, 2017 are able to file for compensation.
The settlement called for Apple to pay owners $25 per iPhone, which may be adjusted up or down depending on how many iPhones are eligible, with a minimum total payout of $310 million.
The preliminary proposed class-action settlement was disclosed on Friday night and requires approval by U.S. District Judge Edward Davila in San Jose, California.
The Verge reports that French and Italian authorities have already censured Apple for the throttling controversy, with France announcing a €25 million fine last month.
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