Do you own — or did you own — an iPhone 6, 6s, or 7? Then you may be eligible for a $25 settlement payment due to a class action lawsuit against Apple. The lawsuit was about "batterygate," in which Apple was slowing down older iPhones with batteries that were no longer capable of hitting peak performance. Though this kept phones from crashing, Apple didn't tell users when it was happening, so your phone may have slowed down for no reason apparent reason.
In iOS 11.3, Apple added a Battery Health option which let you check whether your battery was operating properly, and you can now check your battery status under Settings > Battery > Battery Health to see whether iOS is throttling your processor. But that didn't stop the lawsuits, which have come to a close with a $500 million settlement. Only a paltry $25 can be yours — and only if the settlement money doesn't run out — but it's so simple to file a claim that there's no reason not to.
You're eligible if you owned:
- iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, or SE that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later before December 21, 2017
- iPhone 7 or 7 Plus that ran iOS 11.2 or later before December 21, 2017
If you did, you can claim $25 per device on the settlement page, and it only takes a few clicks to claim it. Here's how:
- From the settlement page, click Claim Form Online
- Find your iPhone's serial number under Settings > General > About > Serial Number
- If you no longer have your phone or can't find your serial number, you can look it up by entering your Apple ID, the device type, and your name and address
- Enter your serial number and click submit
If you can't get your serial number but still think you're eligible, you can submit a claim via mail instead:
- From the settlement page, click In the Mail
- Find your iPhone's serial number under Settings > General > About > Serial Number, or check your receipt — if you bought your device online, try searching for it in your mailbox
- Print and fill out the form
- Mail the form to the address provided
Claims have to be submitted online or received by mail before October 6, 2020, though you probably won't receive your payment until the end of the year (or later, if the settlement is appealed). Still, that's $25 you didn't have before, so you may as well file a claim.
UPDATE 5/12/2021: Forbes reports that the final settlement numbers have been agreed to and those who submitted claims may be receiving payouts as high as $65. No payout date has been set, but it looks like this case is getting close to final resolution.
[Image credit: iPhone 7 via BigStockPhoto]