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Apple’s iPhone Throttling Settlement Costing $ 500 Million gets Approved

Apple’s iPhone throttling settlement costing $ 500 million gets approved

Apple had been facing a United States lawsuit over iPhone performance throttling after a software upgrade. In March, the $500 million was approved as settlement. In that case, the judge has given the deal court’s preliminary approval. It is the prelim approval, and the final approval is expected to come later.

The judge happened to be the U.S. District Judge Edward J. Davila. He had held a video conferencing via Zoom, informing both parties via the platform on Friday. The judge said that he was keen to extend the deadline for the final approval because of the current COVID 19 pandemic situation. 

District Judge Davila told both sides to expect a new date for the hearing of a final settlement approval that should occur sometime in December this year. It is a point to be noted that both the class counsel for class members and attorneys for Apple was okay with the sum of the settlement that had been agreed as payable by Apple. The brand said that since it had the owners’ emails, it would be easier for the claimants.

Both the parties agreed that the litigation had been a contested one at that and that the deal was truly fair. There was no need to object anything, and they felt it would be better to finalize this as soon as possible. Dragging on the case could mean heavy court expenses and would also come at the price of the precious time of both the parties involved. 

The lawsuit does not just pertain to the current owners but the former owners as well. The iPhones considered under the settlement are the iPhone S.E., iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus. These were all of those iPhones that had installed the iOS 10.2.1 operating system. The class members had argued that this affected the battery performance and reduced the life of their phones.

The iOS update had impacted the performance management system. Apple therein decided to throttle the performance on the earlier iPhones that had batteries, which had become old too. None of the changes that Apple made were informed to the phone owners until December 2017. The iOS 10.2.1 was released in the January month of 2017.

The iOS 10.2.1 upgrade was meant for bug fixes and had improved the security features, the company blog reads. It had also worked on power management during peak load to prevent sudden shutdowns. Later on, iOS 10.2 had introduced several new features, including the T.V. app letting users watch T.V. shows (in the U.S.).

It had incorporated those changes that, for the appealing party, were meant to decrease the life of their iPhones. Apple meanwhile has stood its grounds in its lawsuit that it has not committed any wrongdoing. Even then, the company has agreed to settle with the amount of settlement to safely avoid lengthy, cumbersome, and expensive court proceedings.

This settlement imposed by the court would assume an ending to more than a dozen lawsuits filed against the brand when it decided to throttle its product’s (iPhone) performance due to battery health. As per the clause of the settlement, Apple has been marked to pay up to $500 million to those iPhone owners that had been affected. If the number of claimants is calculated, the amount adds up to $25 per affected iPhone.

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