More than two million iPhone owners are still waiting for their ‘Batterygate’ payouts, more than a year after the case was settled.
Apple agreed to pay at least $310 million to settle the Batterygate case in March 2021, with more than 2.2 million claims for compensation approved before deduplication.
The Batterygate scandal saw Apple accused of hampering the performance of select iPhone models to improve battery life, something which the company has long denied.
Despite the settlement figure being agreed last March, affected iPhone owners have yet to receive any compensation. The case is reportedly subject to appeals, although no court documents have been filed since March last year. Similarly, the official website for claimants hasn’t been updated in more than a year.
Apple and one of the law firms pursuing the case, Cotchett, Pire & McCarthy LLP, both failed to respond to requests for comment.
It’s not only the timing of the payouts that remains uncertain, but the amount that each claimant will receive when the case is finally over.
The last court documents posted last March, concerning the fees the attorneys would receive, stated that “based on the current claims information from the Claims Administrator, each claimant is likely to receive more than $25 per device.”
The $25 figure was the minimum each claimant in the case would be awarded, with the maximum payout capped at $500, although the final figure is likely to be much closer to the minimum. Earlier documents put the estimated payout for each claimant at around $65.
The biggest winners from the case are the lawyers, who are set to receive around $88 million in fees.