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Deadline Imminent: Is Your iPhone Part of Apple's $500m Slowdown Settlement?

Deadline Imminent: Is Your iPhone Part of Apple's $500m Slowdown Settlement?

Unknowingly to many Apple iPhone users, the company slowed down devices as the phones got older. A class-action lawsuit sided in the customer's favor and now the tech giant is paying out. Submit your claim today to avoid missing out on your cut of a $500 million settlement.

Apple customers who purchased certain iPhone models can now submit claims as part of the company's settlement of a class-action lawsuit. If you are or were a U.S. owner of an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, or 7 Plus then you may be entitled to a share of the payout. With many of these claims, there are usually a few hoops to jump through including the dates you were using the phone and which particular iOS you had installed on the device.

The process to make a claim is fairly easy although you will have to be quick as the clock is ticking. Both mail and online claims must be made no later than October 6th, 2020. The site where you can submit a claim states that your legal rights are affected whether you act or don’t in this lawsuit. For this reason, it's best to read the notices included and take legal advice from a professional. How much you are likely to get in a claim will vary, but if you and your household had several of these qualifying phones then your slice of the $500 million settlement may be quite healthy. Will the compensation reach to buying you a new phone? probably not, but you could always use the money towards a smartphone lens kit and take your iPhone photography to the next level.

Financial benefits aside, it's important that these big companies are held to account for their actions, and lessons are learned. Hopefully, customers will benefit as a result of this going forward.

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3 Comments

Tony Clark's picture

Too bad the lawyers are the one's that benefit more than the iPhone owners. I have owned an iPhone 6 and 6s and experienced slowed performance.

Dave F's picture

"How much you are likely to get in a claim will vary, but if you and your household had several of these qualifying phones then your slice of the $500 million settlement may be quite healthy."

This is a bit misleading... it's likely $25 or less. Section 5 of the Settlement Agreement outlines this pretty clearly. The target is $25, but if the number of claims x25 exceed the total $$ allocated in the lawsuit, that amount will be reduced to cover the additional claims. Yes, there is a section that says if the number of claims x25 does not add up to the total $$ allocated, additional funds may be awarded per device, not to exceed $500... but this is only after the additional $$ is divided among other areas like legal and administrative costs. Really doubtful that the lawyers wouldn't find a way to absorb that before it reaches the end user. So, we're most likely back to $25 or less.

iran ramirez's picture

I hope those with time to waste complain about the lawyers fees, they’re the only ones that win