After an organization in France went after Apple regarding a program that caused phones to prematurely die or degrade, the tech company now facing faces a possible $500 million settlement.
Apple and the legal team representing iPhone consumers agreed to a deal stemming from Apple’s 2017 admission that it was deliberately slowing down device performance in older models to avoid unexpected shutdowns related to battery fatigue. While the company has agreed to offer $29 battery replacements, many users have already spent hundreds to get brand new phones.
While Apple didn’t admit to any wrongdoing, they will pay anywhere from $310 million to $500 million to remedy the problems caused. iPhone users who are named in the class-action lawsuit will get up to $3,500 each. The rest of the settlement money will be distributed to owners of iPhone 6, 6S, 7 and SE models who meet eligibility requirements.