Apple decided to dot the Batterygate scandal, which has been going on since late 2017. In Cupertino, its guilt was not officially admitted, but decided to voluntarily compensate for the damage to owners of the iPhone old models. The amount of $310-500 million was allocated for this, based on the fact that $25 will be received by anyone who applies, and if something remains after that, a surcharge will follow.
It all began in the fall of 2017, when after another presentation of new models, owners of old iPhones suddenly found a marked decline in performance of their smartphones. Since we were talking, in fact, about the last year’s flagship, with excellent hardware, immediately appeared the theory of deliberate and secretive downgrading of old models in favor of new ones. The goal was to discreetly encourage users to buy new and expensive iPhones.
In December 2017, John Poole, a researcher at GeekBench, provided evidence in the form of test results, which confirmed the decrease in data processing speed on the “old” iPhone. Apple claimed that the company did not engage in any manipulation, simply adding a protective mechanism that reduces the load if the device has an old battery. All in the interests of users, but no one reported anything to them, which led to hundreds of collective complaints.
As a result, Apple added a battery status indicator, reduced the price of battery replacement service by $50, and now pays compensation. It will be available to those who used the iPhone 6/6 Plus / 6s / 6s Plus / SE with iOS 10.2.1 and iPhone 7 or 7 Plus with iOS 11.2 before December 21, 2017.
Claims for compensation will be accepted until October 6, 2020 on this website. For the time being, only US users are eligible for compensation.
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