Apple to pay iPhone users $14.4 million to settle ‘batterygate’ lawsuit in Canada

Eligible iPhone users in Canada will receive between $17.50 and $150 CAD from Apple
An undated image shows Apple logo. — Pexels
An undated image shows Apple logo. — Pexels

Apple has agreed to pay $14.4 million to iPhone users in Canada to settle the “Batterygate” lawsuit filed against it after a Canadian court said its verdict on Monday.

As the iPhone maker is to pay Canadian iPhone users — eligible ones only —the settlement money, each user will receive between $17.50 and $150 CAD from Apple.

Initially lodged in 2017 and later put down, the “Batterygate” case was refiled earlier this year, alleging that the company deliberately slowed down the performance of certain iPhone models due to the degraded batteries. 

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Apple released information about the slow performance of iPhones in 2017 as a way to prevent unexpected shutdowns. It was revealed that iPhone batteries were not able to maintain peak performance as they aged. However, Apple implemented this change as part of iOS 10.2.1 in February 2017 without officially informing customers.

In response, Apple issued a formal apology, reduced the price for battery replacements, and allowed users to disable this feature. As part of the a action lawsuit settlement, Apple started paying $500 million to iPhone users in the US in January this year.

Eligible iPhone users to get “Batterygate” settlement money

Users eligible for a payment from this settlement are those who owned and/or purchased an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, SE, 7 or 7 Plus with iOS 10.2.1 or later (for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, or SE) and/or iOS 11.2 or later (for iPhone 7 or 7 Plus) installed or downloaded before December 21, 2017.

Payments are scheduled to begin in Canada as part of a settlement specific to that country. Apple will pay $14.4 million to settle the case. Each iPhone user will receive between $17.50 and $150, depending on the number of claims submitted. The settlement is open to all of Canada except for Quebec.