Apple has agreed to pay a settlement that could amount to $500m for slowing down older iPhone models. This comes after the company was fined more than $27 million for the admission.
According to documents released on Friday in the US District Court in San Jose, California, per CNN Business, owners of certain iPhone models will be compensated $25, equating to a minimum of $310 million and a maximum of $500 million depending on how many people file for compensation.
A federal judge in California presiding over a group of lawsuits will be asked to approve the proposed settlement at a hearing in early April, according to a court filing on Friday.
The litigation centers on stealthy mobile operating software changes in the name of avoiding “unintended power-offs.”
In December 2017, Apple admitted that iOS software was tweaked to slow performance of older iPhones whose battery life was deteriorating to prevent handsets from spontaneously shutting down.
The slowed handset performance was described by Apple as a well-intended feature to “smooth out” spikes in demand for power to prevent iPhone 6 models from shutting down due to the cold or weak batteries.
The company issued a software update to make it easier for customers to see if an aging battery is affecting performance
Critics accused Apple of surreptitiously forcing users to buy phones sooner than necessary, and the outcry forced Apple to upgrade its software and offer steep discounts on battery replacements.
The proposed settlement calls for Apple to pay at least $310 million dollars, but no more than $500 million, to compensate affected US iPhone owners and pay lawyers for the plaintiffs, according to court documents.
The document added that the amount of compensation given will vary depending on the claimant numbers and any legal expenses and court fees approved by the court.
People who owned iPhone 7 models or older will get $25 for each handset, with the amount rising or falling depending on how many people file claims and costs of getting word to them.
Lawyers behind the suit want to pocket $93 million of the settlement money plus another $1.5 million or so for out-of-pocket expenses, Consumers named in the class-action lawsuit will get up to $US3,500 each, legal documents indicated.
The rest of the settlement money will be distributed to owners of iPhone 6, 6S, 7 and SE models in the United States who meet eligibility requirements related to the operating system they had running. Those impacted must file claims to get any award. If too many people make a claim, the $US25 amount could shrink.
If you are an iPhone user in the US, you can file a settlement claim if you own an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus or SE device that was purchased before December 21, 2017.
The settlement marks the end of a two-year legal battle against the tech manufacturer, which has tried to end public dissatisfaction with the performance of its iPhone. However, it is still subject to approval on April 3.