Apple customers are entitled to a portion of a $1.8 million dollar settlement, but anyone who wants a check from the tech giant doesn't have long left to act.
The pay out, the result of a class action lawsuit centered around the sale of Apple gift cards, draws to a close this Monday (January 8th), and isn't the only ongoing Apple settlement.
We'll explain who is eligible for the pay out, and how to submit your claim in time.
What is the Apple Settlement About?
Apple has been accused of not doing enough to safeguard customers who have purchased its Apple gift cards in stores, only to find that they have already been redeemed.
Apple gift cards have long been an attractive source of income for scammers, and as such have been an easy target. One practice used by thieves is to note down the gift card number in-store, and replace the card on the shelf, meaning that the unsuspecting person who legitimately purchased it is out of luck.
While Apple denies the claims against it that have been laid out in the lawsuit, it has agreed to settle out of court, offering up $1.8 million for affected consumers.
How to Claim Your Part of Apple $1.8 Million Settlement
1. Check you're eligible
In order to claim your entitlement of the Apple settlement, you need to ensure that you fit the following criteria:
- Be a US resident
- Have purchased an Apple gift card between March 2018 and July 2020, except
- Residents of California, who must have purchased between May 2017 and February 2018
- Have submitted a claim by January 8 2024
2. Gather the information you'll need
Before you can fill in the claim form, you'll need to collect some essential information. You'll need the following:
- Your full name
- Your address
- Your email address
- Your phone number
- Date the Apple gift card was purchased
- Proof of purchase for the Apple gift card
- The payment type you'd prefer (e.g. check by mail, direct deposit etc)
Now you've collected together everything you need, the next step is to complete the online form.
3. Fill in the online claim form
The next step is to fill out the claim form, which you can find on the settlement website.
Keep in mind that the deadline is January 8th, so you only have a few days left to submit your claim.
The final approving hearing is to take place on January 17th, so you can expect to receive your compensation sometime after that. The amount paid out to you will depend on the original value of the Apple gift card you purchased.