Some iPhone owners who filed claims in Apple’s $500 million class-action settlement regarding battery throttling have reportedly begun receiving their share of the payout. In 2020, Apple agreed to settle a 2017 lawsuit, which accused the company of intentionally slowing down older iPhones’ performance without adequately informing consumers. Initially estimated at around $25 per claim, individual payments as high as $92 have been reported by users, according to MacRumors and a shared screenshot of a direct deposit.
The settlement is applicable only to iPhone owners in the United States and includes models such as iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, and SE, provided they ran iOS 10.2.1 or later before December 21, 2017. Additionally, iPhone 7 or 7 Plus users qualify if their devices ran iOS 11.2 or later by the same cutoff date. Claims had to be filed by October 2020, and those who owned multiple qualifying models were allowed to submit separate claims for each device.
If you haven’t received a payment yet, it’s likely on the way. A December update on the settlement website mentioned that payments were expected to start in January 2024, aligning with the recent reports of users beginning to receive them.