Apple One Step Closer To Paying $500 Million For Slowing Down iPhones

Apple Lawsuit $500 million settlement iPhone Slowdown

Earlier this year, Apple agreed to pay a $500 settlement fee over the long going iPhone throttling controversy. In an online hearing, a US district judge has preliminarily approved the iPhone settlement deal but the final approval deadline has been extended for a couple of weeks in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 reports (via MacRumors).

District Judge Edward J. Davila has also asked lawyers of both parties to mutually agree upon proposing the final approval date sometime in December.

For the uninitiated, multidistrict district litigation started against Apple back in 2017 after the iPhone maker purposefully released software updates to slow down some iPhone models. Apple later apologized and said that the iPhone throttling was required to keep up with the degrading battery, which is a natural phenomenon.

As a result, iOS 11.3 and later versions now display the maximum battery capacity and tell whether the battery is running at its Peak Performance Capability. Meanwhile, all the lawsuits filed against Apple were brought under one roof and now taken care of by Davilla.

Once the settlement closes, each class member would be eligible for a $25 compensation, provided the litigation and other expenses don’t exceed $310 million. Excluding the latter, the compensation could go up to $500. As per the filing, the attorney fees could go up to $93 million with $1.5 million in expenses.

However, the compensation will be provided to those users who installed the concerned software updates on their iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, and SE.

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