Apple is finally be drawing a line under the long-running iPhone “batterygate” scandal, with the latest reports suggesting that payments are starting to be received by those who successfully claimed in the settlement. Here's what you need to know.
The Cupertino-based tech giant agreed to a $500 million class-action settlement back in 2020 over claims it had deliberately throttled, or slowed, performance of iPhone handsets.
The legal proceedings date all the way back to 2017 and helped inspire a number of similar iPhone battery lawsuits in the UK and other countries all over the world.
Apple iPhone Settlement Pay Out Date and Amount Latest
As first reported by Mac Rumours, claimants in the iPhone “batterygate” settlement have taken to social media to confirm that they have received a payout.
Some even say they have received as much as $92 as their slice of the iPhone settlement pie, which is substantially more than the $25 that originally thought to be going out to those affected.
News that iPhone settlement payouts would take place this month was also seemingly confirmed by the Smartphone Performance Settlement website, which has been monitoring proceedings for years and in December said that “distribution should occur sometime in January 2024.”
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However, the bad news for some is that the considerably higher Apple settlement payout amount suggests a number of claims have been rejected along the way.
— Michael Burkhardt (@mbrkhrdt) January 6, 2024
How to Check if You've Received Your iPhone Settlement Pay Out
Checking if you've received a pay out in the Apple iPhone settlement is straightforward. If it's come your way, you should see it in the bank account you registered to receive payment when filing the claim.
If you haven't received it just yet, don't worry, as payments will be going out all January.
If your claim was rejected, you should have been notified by now. If not, we'll quickly run through the iPhone settlement eligibility criteria one more time.
Who Was Eligible for a Pay Out in the Apple Settlement?
The deadline to claim in this particular iPhone settlement has long past – by a matter of years, rather than days, weeks or even months.
However, as a refresher, you may have filed a successful claim if you met the eligibility criteria that prior to December 21, 2017 you owned one or more of the following devices:
- iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, or SE (running iOS 10.2.1 or above)
- iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus (running iOS 11.2 or above)
The deadline to contest claim rejections has also past, though the newer (completely unrelated) Apple Family Plan settlement is still ongoing if that sounds relevant.
Other big name tech lawsuits currently coughing up cash to successful claimants include the blockbuster Facebook settlement pay out.