Apple decided to put an end to the Batterygate scandal, which has been going on since the end of 2017. In Cupertino, they did not officially admit their guilt, but decided to voluntarily compensate for the harm to the owners of the iPhone of old models. An amount of $ 310-500 million has been allocated for this, on the basis that everyone who applies for $ 25 will receive, and if after that something remains, then a surcharge will follow.
It all started in the fall of 2017, when, after another presentation of new models, the owners of old iPhones suddenly discovered a noticeable drop in the performance of their smartphones. Since we were talking, in fact, about the flagships of last year, with excellent hardware, a theory immediately arose about the deliberate and secretive downgrading of old models in favor of new ones. The goal is to discreetly incentivize users to buy new and expensive iPhones.
In December 2017, John Poole, a researcher at GeekBench, provided evidence in the form of test results that confirmed the slowdown in processing speed on "old" iPhones. Apple followed up with a statement that the company did not take any manipulations, it simply added a protective mechanism that reduces the load if an old battery is installed in the device. Everything is in the interests of users, but no one told them anything, which led to hundreds of collective complaints.
As a result, Apple added a battery status indicator, lowered the price of the battery replacement service by $ 50, and is now paying compensation. It will be available to those who, prior to December 21, 2017, used an iPhone 6/6 Plus / 6s / 6s Plus / SE with iOS 10.2.1, as well as iPhone 7 or 7 Plus models with iOS 11.2.
Claims for compensation are accepted until October 6, 2020 at
this site. Payouts currently only apply to US users.