Apple Inc. customers urged a California federal court for final approval of a class settlement calling for Apple to pay between $310 million and $500 million to resolve allegations it hindered the battery performance of older iPhones.
Separately, the plaintiffs’ lawyers seek nearly $88 million in fees, representing 28.3% of the minimum amount, and nearly $1 million for litigation expenses. The fee request falls within the usual range for high recovery common fund cases, they told the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Wednesday.
The legal settlement involves Apple’s long-lasting drama round “batterygate,” as we reported in July:
The allegations, not new, claim that Apple via iOS updates purposefully throttles back the performance of older iPhones such as the iPhone 6 to push customers to purchase their newest handset. Apple responded to the claims initial surfacing in 2017 admitting it does slow down iPhones to prevent unexpected power shutdowns.
Apple addressed concerns with the new Battery Health Management feature on the iOS 12.1 update. The feature allows users to check on their battery health and whether it is running at normal levels or not. If the system has throttled back performance to prevent a shutdown, the feature will notify users.