Apple Could Owe You $25 For Slowing Down Your Old iPhone
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.”
Apple will pay up to half a billion dollars to settle a class action lawsuit accusing it of slowing down older iPhone models to compel users to buy new ones https://t.co/JGUJy27gr9
— CNN (@CNN) March 3, 2020
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.
So it's true Apple intentionally slow down old iPhones. Proof: My iPhone 6 was bought 3years ago and recently got really slow. APP 'CPU DasherX' shows iPhone CPU is under clocked running at 600MHz. After a iPhone battery replacement. CPU speed resumed to factory setting 1400MHz. pic.twitter.com/pML3y0Jkp2
— Sam Si (@Sam_RMSI) December 20, 2017
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.
Apple throttled your phone. Now it might have to pay you $25. https://t.co/lHIfu4mgDX
— Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson) March 3, 2020
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.