Apple to compensate users for slowing iPhone performance
Apple introduced reimbursement for select iPhone users for an alleged slowdown in device performance.
In a narrative that emerged five years ago, Apple users found themselves embroiled in a dispute with the technology company, insisting that their iPhone 6, iPhone 7 and iPhone SE were being deliberately slowed down.
Despite the allegations, the Cupertino-based company stuck to its stance and admitted to deliberately slowing down the devices and denied any malicious intentions.
However, a new twist came in 2020 when Apple opted for reconciliation and agreed to a settlement of up to $500 million to avoid potentially costly legal disputes.
According to recent reports from Silicon Valley, Apple has been given the green light to start remuneration for iPhone users who were deliberately dissatisfied due to device slowdown.
Tyson Radenberger, the lawyer for these iPhone users, estimates that there will be a potential payment of about $65 per person, which is about Rs 5000, in Indian currency. This development could signal a solution to this long-standing problem, as highlighted on SiliconValley.com.
In 2016, Apple admitted to deliberately undermining the performance of older iPhones and said the sudden shutdown was the cause rather than malicious intent. The company made its case clearly explaining the reasons behind the move.
However, this explanation failed to impress all iPhone owners. A section of consumers remained dissatisfied and united in 2018 to set up a class action lawsuit against the powerful technology company. The list of affected iPhones was similar to the digital roll call:
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6S
- iPhone 6S Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
Within the legal realm, an important controversy related to Apple emerged. Initially claiming innocence, the technology company changed its stance in 2020, with the aim of correcting the situation. Financial settlements ranging from $310 million to $500 million were made.
Initially, those who file complaints will likely be given $25. However, two iPhone owners demanded higher compensation and rejected the initial proposal.
This week, he was told that his further request had been rejected, indicating Apple’s willingness to start providing money to affected iPhone users.
Who can get compensation?
If you have an iPhone 6, 7, or early SE model, you may be wondering if you’re eligible for compensation.
Sadly, if you did not submit your application by October 6, 2020, you are no longer able to do so. If you miss that deadline, the opportunity for compensation is over.
Basically, you needed to register on a specific website set up by the company to document complaints from users experiencing performance issues with your iPhone.
Three years ago, a specific website was introduced for individuals to show interest in receiving compensation. They were required to input the serial number of their iPhone as proof of ownership. They were empowered to receive compensation either directly through bank deposits or by cheque sent by post. This is an example of the changing scenario of payment methods, involving the Internet for such a process.