In 2017, Apple faced a class-action lawsuit in the “Batterygate” scandal which accused the company of slowing down the speed of their products, especially iPhone 6 and 7. The customer noted that the processors of their phones did not give optimum performance as the battery aged.
Later, when multiple cases came forward, it was revealed that Apple introduced this feature deliberately to lessen the burden on the battery, instead of fixing the problem of sudden shutdowns and restarts.
Obviously, the customers were not happy, but Apple denied the allegations. However, after the case that lasted for two years, the company accepted their mistake and has tentatively agreed to settle for $500 million.
Source: Business Fast
The lawsuit claimed that iPhone users were forced to buy new devices due to this problem, and Apple should be held accountable for this. So, now the settlement is going to cover the money that people spent due to their slow batteries.
According to Bloomberg Law, this settlement was finalized in a court in California on Friday, and both sides took two months to reach the deal. The court has yet to approve, but the deal involving dozens of cases that were damaging the reputation of Apple have finally been resolved.
Source: PC Mag
So now the company is going to pay $25 to any current or former owner of the device and all the people who have filed the report will receive $1500 or $3000. For the attorneys involved in the case, another $90 million has been sealed.
Basically, the minimum payout is $310 million, so if there are new suits that claim their older iPhones have suffered similar damages, Apple would be liable to pay them out of $500 million. However, if the amount exceeds the maximum settled buyout, all the users will receive less money because of the division.
Apple also managed to upset the authorities and France has already claimed the fine of €25 million last month. After numerous complaints in 2018, the US Department of Justice also offered to investigate the actions of the company. So Apple took measures to decrease the price of battery replacement and refunded some of the money to the users who already bought new batteries from the stores.