Apple agrees to Batterygate iPhone settlement in Canada

Batterygate - Canada Settlement

The British Columbia Supreme Court has received the settlement and is considering it for approval.

iPhone owners in Canada who were victims of Batterygate could soon receive a payment from Apple, if the courts give the class action lawsuit settlement their approval.

The issue has to do with the company’s widely publicized iPhone battery throttling activities.

Apple has agreed to a settlement of between $11.1 million and $14.4 million in Canadian dollars to settle the class action lawsuit. The decision regarding the approval of the proposed settlement will be made by the British Columbia Supreme Court on January 29th.

Batterygate - Low phone battery - apple logo with iOS

Should the settlement receive that approval, iPhone owners who are eligible for the Batterygate payout will be able to submit a claim and will receive as much as $150 per affected device. That said, the payout total will be based on the number of successfully submitted claims.

Apple continues to deny the Batterygate allegations made against it in the class action lawsuit.

The iPhone maker has denied the allegations the lawsuit made against it and has stated that the settlement is not the same as admitting guilt or fault.

Assuming the settlement is approved, to be eligible, an individual must be a current or former resident of Canada – except in Quebec – who owned and/or purchased an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and/or iPhone SE before December 21, 2017. The affected device(s) had to have had iOS 10.2.1 or later installed. Also qualifying include the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus with iOS 11.2 or later installed.

Eligible Canadians who want to submit a claim for a payout will need to do so online once the lawsuit has received its approval. Anyone who is eligible already qualifies, but the payment can be claimed only by filing for it. Opting out of the class action and giving up the opportunity to sue Apple at a later date over this issue was available until January 10.

The Batterygate scandal occurred in 2017 and had to do with the way Apple handled issues regarding changing its software when updates sent to iPhones at the time greatly decreased the smartphones’ battery performance.

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