iPhone owners in the U.S. could receive up to $500 compensation from Apple, following the settlement of the so-called Batterygate scandal.
The Batterygate affair saw Apple hamper the performance of certain iPhone models in order to preserve older batteries in the handsets. Apple has never admitted wrongdoing, but is paying up to $500m in a legal settlement to end the matter.
That now means owners of selected iPhone handsets can qualify for a rebate, which could potentially be as much as $500, but is estimated to be $25. Those handsets are:
- iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus or iPhone SE that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later before December 21, 2017
- iPhone 7 or 7 Plus that ran iOS 11.2 or later before December 21, 2017
Obviously, you would need a photographic memory to know what version of iOS your phone was running before a set date in December three years ago, so the online claim form is making it easy to check if you have a valid claim. You can either enter your phone’s serial number or your Apple ID and various details about the handset to check if you’re due compensation.
Up to $500 rebate
Apple has agreed to make a minimum payment of $310m to cover the cost of the claims, but that could rise to a maximum of $500,000 depending on the number of claims received by the deadline of October 6.
Only when all the claims have been submitted will it be decided how much each claimant will receive. However, if the number of claimants is low, the windfall per customer could be as much as $500.
“Under the proposed settlement, if the total value of approved claims submitted by Settlement Class Members does not exceed the $310 million floor, the value of each approved claim (per eligible device) may be increased on a pro rata basis, up to a maximum of $500 per device,” the settlement documents state.
On the flip side, if the settlement fund is flooded with applicants, the figure per customer could be less than the estimated $25 per customer that Apple is expected to pay out.
Affected customers don’t have to participate in the scheme to claim money back from Apple. The settlement website makes it clear that owners have the option to exclude themselves from the settlement and pursue separate legal action against Apple.
Affected customers can also object to the settlement and ask to speak at the final hearing or post an objection to the attorneys’ fees in the case.
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