One of the American class actions against Apple for the iPhone slowed down via software update is apparently being resolved. The Cupertino company had agreed to a plea bargain from $ 500 million in compensation, and in the past few hours the judge signed the preliminary approval defining the sum "fair, reasonable and adequate". However, it may still take until next year before reimbursements are distributed to affected users: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the judge wants to postpone the final hearing to at least December 2020.
$ 500 million is a significant figure, but it is clear that it must be divided by the total number of damaged customers. Everyone is expected to receive around $ 25 – or at most the reimbursement of the costs of replacing the battery of the affected iPhone. Recall that the question arose a few years ago due to an operating logic implemented with iOS 10.2.1: if the system detected a too worn battery, it limited the processor power included in the SoC in order to avoid overloading the battery and causing sudden shutdowns smartphone. However, this is a very rare borderline case, while everyone has perceived a clear slowdown and worsening of the responsiveness of their iPhones.
Overall, the update was perceived as a planned obsolescence operation, with the intent to push the consumer to buy a new smartphone. Apple has removed throttling and to apologize he cut down the costs of replacing the batteries of all iPhones for about a year.