The aftermath of the Batterygate scandal, with the deliberate slowdown of older iPhone models that erupted in late 2017, has been plaguing Apple to this day. The other day, Apple reached a preliminary agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit due to an iOS with iPhone's battery slowdown feature in the United States.
According to the relevant document of the settlement, an agreement was sent to the California court last Friday. Currently, we are waiting for final approval from the judge.
Under the terms of the agreement, Apple will need to pay between $310 and $500 million to compensate dissatisfied users. Payments will be made to former and current owners of iPhones 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, and SE running iOS versions 10.2.1 or 11.2 until December 21, 2017. For each such iPhone, $25 is provided. This amount can be increased or decreased depending on how many devices fall under regulation. Separately, it is stipulated that individual participants in a class-action lawsuit will receive $1,500 or $3,500, and lawyers representing the interests of buyers in the proceedings will share another $90 million.
Interestingly, Apple pleaded not guilty. In the text of the agreement, the company emphasizes that it agreed to pay compensation to avoid further legal costs.
After the scandalous confession and Apple's apology, to ease tensions, the company reduced the cost of replacing batteries (from $79 to $29) and added the ability to turn off the iPhone's auto-slowdown function when the battery is worn out in the new version of iOS 11.3. But in the end, dozens of lawsuits hit Apple anyway. Earlier, the antitrust authorities of Italy and France fined Apple 10 and 25 million euros.