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You Can Now Claim Your iPhone Batterygate Compensation

If you owned an old iPhone in 2017 you can now stake your claim for compensation. Why? Because of Batterygate, which saw Apple slowing down old iPhones. While you’re likely to only receive around $25, you’re still encouraged to take part in this class-action.

Why Was Apple Slowing Down Old iPhones?

For those who have forgotten what this is all about, Batterygate was uncovered in 2017. People noticed their iPhones were slowing down, and after a benchmark comparison proved as much, Apple admitted it was artificially limiting the performance of old iPhones.

To be fair, Apple’s intentions were pure. It was trying to “smooth out the instantaneous peaks […] to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down”. In other words, Apple assumed people would prefer consistent performance over occasional crashes.

Apple eventually apologized for Batterygate and lowered the price of replacement iPhone batteries. However, that didn’t prevent people launching a class action lawsuit, and Apple is on the hook for a total settlement of between $310 million and $500 million.

How to Claim Your Batterygate Compensation

To stake your claim as part of the class-action settlement, you need to visit the Smartphone Performance Settlement website. If you’re eligible to be part of the class-action, you then have various options available to you, including submitting a claim form.

To be eligible, you have to be resident in the US, and have owned “an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, and/or SE device that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later before December 21, 2017, and/or […] an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus device that ran iOS 11.2 or later before December 21, 2017.

As for how much you’ll receive, Apple will “provide a cash payment of approximately $25 per eligible device.” However, with the maximum settlement set at $500 million this figure could drop. Either way, you have until October 6, 2020 to submit your claim.

Buy a Smartphone With Better Battery Life

This class-action settlement should bring the iPhone Batterygate debacle to an end once and for all. But whether or not you believe Apple’s explanation as to why it was slowing down old iPhones, this still raises questions over planned obsolescence.

If battery life is important to you (but you don’t want to go back to using a feature phone) check out our list of the best battery life-stretching smartphones. All of which should last longer than the standard 24 hours offered by most modern smartphones.

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Affected By iPhone Batterygate? You Can Now Claim Your Free $25 From Apple

Have you been affected by iPhone Batterygate? You can now claim your free $25 from Apple as part of a lawsuit settlement. Here's how.


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Impacted by ‘batterygate’? You can now file a claim to get your $25 settlement

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Apple Recommends You Don’t Cover Your MacBook Camera

If you own a MacBook you probably shouldn’t use a camera cover. And if you do cover your MacBook camera, be sure not to close your laptop. If you do, you’re likely to damage your display, with even the best MacBook camera covers capable of cracking your screen.

Do You Need to Cover Your Webcam?

Over the last few years, more of you have started covering your webcams. This is over fears that prying eyes can hack in and watch what you’re doing. While the chances are this won’t happen to you, covering your computer’s camera kills the small chance it will.

However, while lots of desktop computers and laptops now come with camera covers built-in, MacBooks do not. Which has led people to buy webcam covers or use whatever they have lying around. And therein lies the problem. At least according to Apple.

Apple Suggests Not Closing Your MacBook

In a support note, Apple advises you not to “close your MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro with a cover over the camera” as doing so “might damage your display.” Instead, Apple suggests you “use the camera indicator light to determine if your camera is active.”

If you don’t trust the camera indicator light, Apple suggests you “make sure the camera cover is not thicker than an average piece of printer paper (0.1mm)” and “avoid using a camera cover that leaves adhesive residue.” Which severely limits your options.

We can’t be sure what prompted Apple to release this support note, but we’d guess it’s due to an uptick in people cracking their screens with camera covers. Especially as more people have been working and studying from home during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The problem with MacBooks specifically is Apple’s design sensibilities. In the support note the company admits that “the clearance between the display and keyboard is designed to very tight tolerances.” Which means anything placed in between the two spells disaster.

AppleCare+ Covers Cracked MacBook Screens

The good news is that AppleCare+ covers cracked MacBook displays as accidental damage, even if it’s because you attached a camera cover. It’s a pricey repair though, which explains why Apple is keen for you to stop using a camera cover on your MacBook.

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