Apple has agreed to pay $750 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleged the tech giant was secretly slowing down old iPhones to force users to buy newer models.
Owners of the eligible iPhone models in the US will now be able to claim about $US25 ($38) each as part of the class action.
Unfortunately, Australian iPhone users will not be eligible to receive any money as part of the class action lawsuit win.
A similar lawsuit would have to be successfully conducted in Australia for this to happen.
Earlier this week Apple settled the case, agreeing to pay between $US310 million and $US500 million for its practice of “throttling” older iPhones without telling the users.
The case dates back to 2016 when owners of iPhone 6 devices began noticing that their phones were turned off despite appearing to have lots of battery life left.
Apple quickly offered to provide free batteries to the impacted users, but it was soon revealed that more devices and models were experiencing similar issues.
By the end of 2017, Apple had admitted that a software update for these iPhones had aimed to level out the degradation that batteries experience over time by “throttling” the phones’ performance.
Apple offered to replace the phones’ batteries for the lower price of $29, but this did little to placate angry users.