(CTN News) – Apple’s decision back in 2017 to slow down older iPhones with older batteries has finally ended, as reports suggest that users are receiving settlements in their bank accounts as a result of Apple’s inaction.
In an article by MacRumors, it is reported that people affected by this issue are starting to receive checks in their bank accounts that have a value of $92.17 in them.
There is a confirmation of the news on the website, which was later updated with an embedded post from one of its readers, as part of the story.
Several months ago, the website set up to promote the settlement was updated to say that the settlement payments are expected to go out this month, bringing an end to the matter.
It has been reported by The Verge that in 2017 a developer discovered that certain iOS 10 updates throttled the performance of older phones, such as the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7, which led to the battery gate saga.
In the beginning, the company didn’t describe the reason for the slowdown, but later on in the process, it revealed that the reason behind it was to prevent the phones from randomly shutting down when their battery life had degraded beyond a certain point in their life cycles.
Multiple class action lawsuits were filed against Apple as a result,
Alleging that the company’s actions led people to upgrade their phones early rather than simply paying to have their phones’ batteries replaced if the battery needed to be replaced because of the company’s actions.
As of 2020, the company agreed to a settlement and one of the law firms that represented the plaintiffs in the lawsuit confirmed in August of that year that a judge had cleared the last legal hurdle and that the payouts would be made as soon as possible.
In the event that your claim is approved by October 6th, 2020, you might receive a payment of around $75 if your claim has been approved.
According to The Verge, the actual amount that will be Apple paid appears to be higher than the $92.17 listed on the website, however.
It is important to note that the phones affected by this issue were the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, and the original Apple iPhone SE.
As a result, if you are one of the affected customers, keep an eye on your bank account for the payment to go through.