Apple has proposed to pay up to 500 million dollars (about 447 million euros) to close a court case in the USA. The tech giant is accused of deliberately slowing down the iPhone through software updates. If the agreement is accepted by a federal judge, Apple will have to pay each affected user in the country around $ 25 (about 22 euros), advance The New York Times.
After countless iPhone users in the U.S. accused and sued the company, it decided to try to settle and avoid going to trial. However, the judge's decision may still take months and it is not certain that an agreement will be reached. If not, the judicial process continues.
If the deal is accepted, the company will have to pay a total of $ 310 million to $ 500 million to close the case. The amount is variable because it will depend on how many users of the affected smartphones make a complaint. Part of this amount, about $ 90 million, will go to the lawyers who filed the complaint.
To receive the $ 25 or so that Apple proposes to pay, affected users must live in the United States of America and have devices with software provided before December 21, 2017. This amount will apply only to users with iPhone 6, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus and SE models currently running iOS 10.2.1 or later, or any iPhone 7 or 7 Plus with iOS 11.2 or later. Affected customers will only have to prove to Apple that they have been affected.
The case behind this process dates back to the end of 2017, after Primate Labs, owner of the Geekbench benchmark software (which measures processor effectiveness), revealed that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 with a version of the system Apple's latest operating system slows down – on purpose. At the time, Apple said that these results were due to a “feature launched for the iPhone 6, 6S and SE”.
Although this "functionality" can be avoided by changing the battery of an older iPhone when it starts to be less effective, several users criticized the company for having deliberately omitted the introduced feature. Apple was also criticized for only speaking after this issue was made public. Due to criticism, Apple launched a battery replacement program in January 2018 for the aforementioned models.
At the time, John Poole, author of the study, said that Apple, by purposely reducing the efficiency of the processor, without warning consumers, was “convincing users to change equipment, instead of just changing the battery”.