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Apple Could Owe You $25 For Slowing Down Your Old iPhone

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Your suspicion that Apple has been slowing down your old iPhone whenever a new iPhone comes out has been confirmed by a US District Court in California. CNN reports that Apple has agreed pay $500 million in a class action lawsuit  from iPhone owners whose older-model phones were throttled when Apple released its new iPhone. According to the judge’s ruling, people’s whose iPhones were slowed “will receive $25.00 for each iPhone owned.”

Not every single iPhone owner will get the $25. You’re only entitled to the money if you bought an iPhone 6 (2014), iPhone 6S (2015) or an iPhone 7 (2016), and had software updates installed before December 21, 2017. So it’s a pretty specific set of iPhone owners.

That’s because Apple has admitted that an update they issued in December 2017 slowed down those three older phone models. Apple did not admit wrongdoing in this case, and likely agreed to the $500 million settlement because they could have been on the hook for more if they had gone to trial.


You cannot get your $25 right away, even if you meet the criteria. The district judge has to approve it, and is scheduled to hear it on April 4, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. in San Jose.


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