In 2017, Apple broke the news that the company was intentionally slowing down the performance of old iPhones to get better performance so that the phones don’t shut down and get the system broken.
Apple’s might be legit but the fact that users weren’t being provided with any compensation and the move didn’t go down well, it is being called “Batterygate”.
After the lawsuits filed demanding the consequences of Apple’s decision and with the non-negligible decline in the US customers graph, Apple has been settled to offer $25 as compensation. Stick around if you want to know whether you are eligible or not.
Eligibility Criteria For Compensation
In order to claim compensation, you need to be either:
A- a US owner of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus or You need to own the iPhone SE running the iOS 10.2.1 or before December 21, 2017.
B- or owner of iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus running the same iOS, i.e., 10.2.1 or either one before December 21, 2017.
C- your device must experience diminished performance and for that, you have to make the claim by October 6, 2020.
How do one claim compensation for Batterygate?
Apple’s settlement website. There you will find the option to claim compensation either in the chart (online form) or in the mail.
The form would be of little information to be filled about the customer such as the name, address and a serial number of the affected device.
The same serial you can find in your device’s setting option>General> About. In case your device is not with you, you can still find the serial number on the barcode from your device’s original packaging of receipts.
If you opt online form then there will be a tool to find the serial number of your device. This option is not available for email claim or on paper. An important point to remember, in case you are unable to get the serial number.
How much compensation will you get?
According to the settlement, Apple will be paying an amount of $500 million for compensation as a whole. So per affected device would get $25, and this amount could drop low if the number of affected devices increased. As per the settlement, Apple will have to maintain $310 million as the legal amount for it to be done. Therefore, if the value of performance diminished claims does not increase, per affected device compensation could go up to $500.
Either way, there’s a possibility of having compensation for your old iPhone if you match the eligibility criteria and fill the form right.
When will you get the compensation?
December 4, 2020, will be the final hearing of the settlement, which is expected to be approved. But don’t get your hopes too high as there could possibly be a legal glitch.
If everything goes right, so right after the settlement, the procedure starts. However, appeal and process might take over a year so yes around one year you’ll get your money.
What other options do you have?
If you do want to claim the compensation, there’s an option for that too. You can exclude yourself from the claim and have an option to not be a part of this settlement. The settlement website has notice for the settlement in that document, everything is mentioned.