iPhone owners in the U.S. have less than a week left to claim compensation from Apple for the Batterygate scandal, which could see them awarded as much as $500.
Apple has set aside up to $500m to settle a lawsuit filed against the company, after it admitted hampering the performance of selected iPhone models to improve the battery life of handsets. Apple has never admitted any wrongdoing, claiming that it restricted battery-sapping performance to improve the overall user experience.
U.S.-based owners of the following devices are eligible for a settlement benefit:
- iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus or iPhone 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
The online claims form for the case allows you to enter your phone’s serial number to check if you have an eligible handset. Claims must be made by October 6.
How big could the payout be?
The amount of compensation paid to eligible iPhone owners depends on the number of claimants who come forward.
The case notice (PDF) says that “Apple will provide a cash payment of approximately $25 per eligible device, provided that Apple will not pay more than $500 million in aggregate to the Settlement Class Members.
“If the total value of approved claims submitted exceeds the $500 million ceiling, the value of each approved claim (per eligible device) will be reduced on a pro rata basis.
“Additionally, under the proposed settlement, if the total value of approved claims submitted by Settlement Class Members does not exceed the $310 million floor, the value of each approved claim (per eligible device) may be increased on a pro rata basis, up to a maximum of $500 per device.”
Assuming that all the settlement money is afforded to compensation payouts and not legal fees etc, that would mean claimants would get the full $500 if fewer than 620,000 people claimed. Given that many owners of the handsets will have by now disposed of the phone and may not have records of their serial numbers, the number of claimants may be lower than expected.
Even if you no longer have one of the affected handsets, you should be able to find the device’s serial number in the email invoice that Apple issued when you purchased the iPhone.