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Apple Sued for 500 million for slowing down the iPhone

Apple has begun making payments in a long-running class action lawsuit over claims it deliberately slowed down certain iPhones in the US.



Apple has just issued a public apology for slowing down aging iPhones. The company originally admitted to the slowdown last week, sparking outrage and a flurry of lawsuits against the company.


Complainants will receive a cut of a $500m (£394m) settlement which works out to around $92 (£72) per claim.


Apple agreed to settle the lawsuit in 2020, stating at the time it denied any wrongdoing but was concerned with the cost of continuing litigation.


A similar case under way in the UK is seeking £1.6bn in compensation.


The US case dates back to December 2017, when Apple confirmed a long-held suspicion among phone owners by admitting it had deliberately slowed down some iPhones as they got older.

However, Apple has always denied any wrongdoing and said the slowdown was only designed to protect iPhones from automatically shutting down during some tasks if it was old, very cold or on low power.


The iPhones included in the settlement were the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus or SE running iOS 12.2.1 or later. It also covers the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus running iOS 11.2 or later before Dec. 21, 2017. 

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