Long-running Class Action Lawsuit Bites Apple

Apple has started paying $ 92 per iPhone user over allegations that it deliberately slowed down iPhones
11 January 2024
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Apple has started compensating users in a long-running class action lawsuit in the US. The case, which dates back to 2017, involves allegations that Apple intentionally slowed down certain iPhones as they aged.

Apple admitted to the deliberate slowdown, claiming it was necessary to extend the lifespan of the phones due to ageing batteries.

However, the company faced backlash for not informing customers about the performance throttling.

As a result of the controversy, Apple offered discounted battery replacements to address the issue.

Now, Apple has settled the lawsuit, denying any wrongdoing but citing the high costs of litigation as motivation.

A similar case seeking £1.6bn in compensation is currently underway in the UK. Apple attempted to block the mass action lawsuit but was unsuccessful.

The case, filed by Justin Gutmann in June 2022, represents approximately 24 million iPhone users.

Apple has consistently denied the allegations and maintains that it would never intentionally compromise the longevity or user experience of its products.

The timeline for the UK trial remains uncertain, but Mr. Gutmann hopes it will take place in late 2024 or early 2025.

- CyberBeat


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