Technology You can now apply for your $25 iPhone 'batterygate' compensation

23:19  13 july  2020
23:19  13 july  2020 Source:   engadget.com

The Morning After: iPhone owners can sign up for 'batterygate' settlements

  The Morning After: iPhone owners can sign up for 'batterygate' settlements It’s not quite something out of Full Metal Alchemist, but these researchers can create wearable gadgets with just a piece of paper and a pencil. The gadgets degrade quickly, but with a 93 percent graphite pencil, you’re potentially on the way to drawing a temporary glucose sensor or heart rate monitor — once the scientists finish testing the biomedical components. — Richard Sony Xperia 1 ii review It has an oddball design to go with a 4K screen and in-depth controls for photos and videos.

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At the start of March, Apple agreed to pay up to $500 million to US consumers as part of a settlement that came out of its iPhone batterygate saga. Thanks to a website spotted by MacRumors, eligible iPhone owners can now apply to take part in the settlement.

To qualify for a payment, you must either currently or have previously owned an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and or an iPhone SE that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later before December 21st, 2017. Also included are iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models that ran iOS 11.2 or later before December 21st, 2017. You must have also experienced "diminished performance" on your device.

Does Apple Owe You $25? Here's How to Check

  Does Apple Owe You $25? Here's How to Check If you owned one of these iPhone models prior to December 2017, you could be in for a (very modest) windfall.The allegation goes like this: Apple decided to throttle the performance of older iPhones, based on the health of their batteries, to prevent the smartphones from powering down. The scandal became known as "Batterygate," and even led to investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2018.

According to the website’s FAQ, “Apple will provide a cash payment of approximately $25 per eligible device.” But before getting too excited about getting money from the company, keep in mind that Apple has agreed to pay a maximum of $500 million as part of the settlement. Depending on how many people file for a claim, you may get less than $25.

It's also worth noting you can exclude yourself from the settlement. However, as The Verge points out, the only reason to do that is if you plan to sue Apple directly about the issue. Whatever decision you make, you have until October 6th to submit a claim. At that point, you can expect payment at some point after December 4th. That's when a judge will sign off on the settlement, provided there aren't any appeals.

This year's iPhones might not include a charger in the box

  This year's iPhones might not include a charger in the box You might not find much in the box for this year’s iPhone besides the handset itself. Historically trustworthy analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims in a research note that 2020 iPhone models not only won’t include the usual wired earbuds, but won’t include the power adapter either — you may just get a charging cable. There would be a more powerful 20W charger (versus the 18W for the iPhone 11 Pro), but you’d have to buy it after the fact. BarclaysBarclays analysts also believed Apple would no longer bundle a charger.

The iPhone throttling debacle dates back to 2017 when Apple admitted it intentionally down older devices with aging batteries to prevent unexpected shutdowns. As an apology for its lack of transparency around the issue, the company temporarily reduced the price of out-of-warranty battery replacements from $79 to $29. Approximately 11 million iPhone owners took advantage of the discount. The significant uptick in battery replacements ultimately led to Apple revising its first quarter 2019 earnings.

iPhone 12 will likely come sans earbuds and power adapter .
You'll probably have to buy both separately, according to report citing a noted analyst.Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who last month predicted iPhone 12 would arrive without wired EarPods, now adds that he expects the power adapter to be sold separately too, according to a 9to5Mac report Sunday.

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