Apple Will Pay Compensation For Slowing Down iPhones

Apple has begun paying compensation for a long-running class action lawsuit over the claims that it deliberately slowed down certain iPhones.  Apple was intentionally slowing down iPhone performance as the batteries aged to prevent unexpected shutdowns and performance issues with the gadgets.

The complainants will now each receive about $92 from the total $500m (£394m) settlement.

To be eligible in the US, you had to have been a US-based owner of an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, and/or SE device running iOS 10.2.1, and/or a US-based owner of an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus device running iOS 11.2 or later all before December 21, 2017.

A similar action is happening in the UK, which is legally pushing for £1.6bn in compensation. Apple has also agreed to settle a lawsuit in Canada for slowing down older iPhones, potentially paying up to $14.4 million Canadian dollars.

The US law suit dates from December 2017, when Apple had confirmed that it had deliberately slowed down aging iPhones. Apple said that as iPhone batteries got older, their performance decreased, and so the "slowdown" lengthened the phones' lifespan.

Apple reduced the performance of certain iPhones without telling its customers, and this resulted in Apple offering a cut-price battery replacement to fix the problem.

This led to a US legal action. At the time of the settlement, it was estimated that each person might receive as little as $25 each but the actual pay-out appears to be almost four times that sum. In the UK, Apple lost a bid to block a similar mass action lawsuit in November.

Apple had previously called the lawsuit "baseless" and said "we have never, and would never, do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades". 

Unlike the US settlement, which only applied to devices in the iPhone 6 and 7 ranges, the UK lawsuit also seeks damages for those who had iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X devices.

BBC:     Techradar:    India Today:      MailOnline:     Wired:    gagadget:     Image: Yiran Ding

You Might Also Read: 

Smartphones Are More Vulnerable Than You Think:
___________________________________________________________________________________________

If you like this website and use the comprehensive 6,500-plus service supplier Directory, you can get unrestricted access, including the exclusive in-depth Directors Report series, by signing up for a Premium Subscription.

  • Individual £5 per month or £50 per year. Sign Up
  • Multi-User, Corporate & Library Accounts Available on Request

Cyber Security Intelligence: Captured Organised & Accessible


 

« Are Your AWS Databases Secure? Critical Best Practices
US Space Force Has Plans To Use Artificial Intelligence  »

CyberSecurity Jobsite
Perimeter 81

Directory of Suppliers

ManageEngine

ManageEngine

As the IT management division of Zoho Corporation, ManageEngine prioritizes flexible solutions that work for all businesses, regardless of size or budget.

Syxsense

Syxsense

Syxsense brings together endpoint management and security for greater efficiency and collaboration between IT management and security teams.

XYPRO Technology

XYPRO Technology

XYPRO is the market leader in HPE Non-Stop Security, Risk Management and Compliance.

ZenGRC

ZenGRC

ZenGRC - the first, easy-to-use, enterprise-grade information security solution for compliance and risk management - offers businesses efficient control tracking, testing, and enforcement.

Alvacomm

Alvacomm

Alvacomm offers holistic VIP cybersecurity services, providing comprehensive protection against cyber threats. Our solutions include risk assessment, threat detection, incident response.

CGI Group

CGI Group

CGI is a leading IT and business process services provider. Services include IT consulting, Systems Integration, Application Development, Infrastructure, Business Processes, Digital IP.

Netskope

Netskope

Netskope, a global cybersecurity leader, is redefining cloud, data, and network security to help organizations apply Zero Trust principles to protect data.

Medigate

Medigate

Medigate is a dedicated medical device security platform protecting all of the connected medical devices on health care provider networks.

GOVCERT.lu

GOVCERT.lu

GOVCERT.lu is responsible for the treatment of all computer related incidents jeopardising the information systems of the government and defined critical infrastructure operators in Luxembourg.

Puleng Technologies

Puleng Technologies

Puleng provides customers with a client-centric strategy to manage and secure the two most valuable assets an organisation has - its Data and Users.

Wizlynx PTE LTD

Wizlynx PTE LTD

Wizlynx PTE LTD is the Singapore branch of Wizlynx Group located in Singapore, offering Information and Cyber Security Services throughout the entire Asia Pacific (APAC) region.

CybeReady

CybeReady

CybeReady’s Autonomous Platform offers continuous adaptive training to all employees and guarantees significant reduction in organizational risk of phishing attacks.

Hack The Box

Hack The Box

Hack The Box is an online platform allowing you to test your penetration testing skills and exchange ideas and methodologies with thousands of people in the security field.

Infodas

Infodas

Infodas provides Cybersecurity and IT consulting / system integration services as well as a range of innovative Cybersecurity products to public sector and commercial clients.

TeskaLabs

TeskaLabs

TeskaLabs is a software vendor of cybersecurity and data privacy products.

AttackIQ

AttackIQ

AttackIQ delivers continuous validation of your enterprise security program so you can strengthen your security posture and your response capabilities.

Iron Bow Technologies

Iron Bow Technologies

Iron Bow Technologies is a leading IT solution provider dedicated to successfully transforming technology investments into business capabilities for government, commercial and healthcare clients.

Cyber Resilience Centre for Wales (WCRC)

Cyber Resilience Centre for Wales (WCRC)

The Cyber Resilience Centre for Wales (WCRC) is part of the national roll out of Cyber Resilience Centres in the UK which began in 2019.

Rocky Mountain Cybersecurity

Rocky Mountain Cybersecurity

Rocky Mountain Cybersecurity's mission is to provide value by dramatically improving the cybersecurity posture of our clients and business partners.

Harbor Networks

Harbor Networks

Harbor Networks is a communications systems integrator and managed services provider. We provide business consultation services for voice and data communication technology.

Anatomy IT

Anatomy IT

Anatomy IT empowers healthcare providers to deliver exceptional patient care with cutting-edge technology and cybersecurity solutions.