Despite the fact that the scandal with the slow old iPhone has caused a great resonance, it’s only been 3 years, and this situation has almost been forgotten. Today if you about it remember, it is only in the moments when the smartphone battery starts to pass, but without obvious anger, the place where you come to understand that, simply go to service center and replace the worn component by a new one. In fact, a very logical procedure, only the initial approach Apple to its characteristics, consisting in concealment, did not suit all, and these are not all sued the company to court.
Why slow down old iPhones
In the middle of 2016, users began to notice that their iPhones are slowerthan before. The devices might take longer to perform very common tasks, slower to respond to familiar commands of the users and generally behave as if their powerful processor took out from the case and replaced the old and weak. Checking in the benchmark showed that this is true, and the new iPhone are faster than the old, even if belong to the same models.
The scandal, which gave users, led to the fact that Apple admitted that reduced the performance of their smartphones. However, the reason for this was not their actual age, and the degree of wear of the battery. If the component has lost its original capacity, to avoid the spontaneous reboots and shutdowns due to voltage fluctuations, temperature and other factors special mechanism to limit the processor performance to battery it was easier to carry, unusual for him, became a burden.
Who can get compensation from Apple
The victims in this case are all the owners of iPhone 6 / 6 Plus, 6s/6s Plus, 7/7 Plus, and iPhone SE (2016) who have installed iOS 10.2.1 until 21 December 2017. This decision was made by the U.S. Supreme court. The earlier model the enforcement mechanism of slowing down CPU due to worn-out battery is not received because, Apple felt that for them it will be an optional feature. Why is it so difficult to say. However, there is a version that the low power of the A7 chip and its predecessors simply could not trigger a restart of the smartphone or failure.
The owners of the later iPhone models to be considered victims, too, can not. The fact that, first, they are at the moment not yet gone on sale, and, second, came, then, when potential buyers were aware of the prevailing paradigm. If they were not satisfied with Apple’s approach to ensuring the health of aging devices, they might abandon the purchase, but did not. Hence, the responsibility lies on them, not the company, which has already started to provide preferential replacement of the battery, and the possibility of involuntary termination of the restrictive mechanism.
The compensation for slow iPhones
Despite the fact that the court found Apple guilty in this case, because of the peculiarities of American justice, she could agree with plaintiffs and conclude a settlement agreement that the company did. But since the actual plaintiffs were only a small group of users, and actually suffered much more, the court has allowed Apple to leave open the question of payments, marking only the limits. According to preliminary calculations, the company will have to pay for the case from 300 to 500 million dollars.
Why such a spread, you ask? Yes, because the final amount will depend on how many people apply for compensation. In fact he have a right to several million users. Therefore, the approximate amount received by each applicant will also vary and will range from 25 to 500 dollars. It is clear that this amount does not compensate for the dissatisfaction that is experienced by users. In the end, for many, the attempt by Apple to keep the fact of slowing down your old iPhone in secret was a real disappointment and turned to a reluctance to use proprietary technology of the company. However to pay as much as many would like, in Cupertino, too, can not.