According to reports, Apple has for now allowed returning a $500 million agreement after agreeing to slow down older iPhones. The agreement would include cash down to several iPhone buyers in the US, covering people who bought any of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 devices — which Apple quietly delayed down with iOS updates to save battery life. While the settlement awaits formal court support, Apple is supposed to offer $25 (or Rs 1800) to any current or previous partner of a covered iPhone, as per a story in The Edge. People listed in the class action trial are supposed to get $1,500 or $3,500, and around $90 million is going toward lawyers and attorneys.
Right now, there is no explicit article on how Apple’s contract will change iPhone users outside the US — including here in India. Also what appears to iPhone users who took the free or reduced battery replacement scheme in 2018, do they have any say in this settlement..?
- At the time, Apple issued the following statement: “Last year we published a story for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the immediate peaks (a large burst of current supplied from the battery) only when required, to stop the device from suddenly shutting down during these situations,”
- Apple said in a statement to Reuters. “We’ve now extended that point to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other goods in the expectation.”
Following the Dec 2017 publication, in January 2018 Apple began a business offering to replace iPhone batteries at reduced prices, even to those not included by warranty anymore, as an appearance of goodwill. The show ended on Dec 31, 2018.