Apple to pay a $500 million settlement dispute of lawsuit that accused Apple of controlling the performance of iPhone (older version) and finally this settlement has been now approved by a judge.
As per the new sources, Edward J. Davila (U.S. District Judge) in a Zoom hearing gave approval but also extended the final approval due to the ongoing COVID issues. Apple’s lawyers were given to provide the new dates for settlement which will take place sometime in December.
In case the settlement is resolved it will end many lawsuits that were imposed against Apple which was consolidated into one class-action suit in May 2018. Apple confirmed that it introduced software to control the performance of iPhone (older generation) with aged batteries no longer capable of supporting the full power to stop these devices from shutting off unexpectedly after which the lawsuit was filed against Apple.
Apple released the software on performance management in 2017 on its new iOS 10.2.1 update that had built-in controller but had not mentioned in the software’s release notes. The controller was discovered by John Poole (Primate Labs founder) when he found out low benchmark scores than expected, which caused major public screams later on when discovered Apple was limiting performance.
Although Apple had apologized for its lack of communication and also launched a battery repair solution service on which the price of battery has dropped and replacements cost to $29 through the end of 2018 as the battery replacement effectively fixes the issue.
Apple also introduced a new feature in its new iOS 11.3 which allows users to check the present health of their batteries, and it turned off the battery performance feature by default till the shutdown occurs. Apple has maintained that it did nothing wrong legally although agreeing to settle the case.
The settlement will provide every affected iPhone user in the class with $25 if the settlement is approved depending on legal fees, the amount might decrease or increase, on the aggregate value of the approved claims. If the expenses and payouts, attorney fees, don’t add up to t $310 million, class members could receive up to $500 apiece. Also, Attorneys for both sides believe there will be a high claims rate as Apple has email addresses for most class members.
Also, the lawsuit includes all U.S. iPhone owners (former or current) that have the iPhone devices from iPhone 6 series, 7 series and SE, running either iOS 10.2.1 or later or iOS 11.2 or later.