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European consumer group wants Apple to pay consumers back for ‘battery gate’ scandal

A couple of weeks ago, we learned that Apple had agreed on a $113 million settlement as part of an on-going iPhone ‘battery gate’ class action lawsuit. Now, European advocacy groups are also looking to get iPhone owners a pay-out on this side of the pond.

As reported by CNN (via 9to5Mac), Euroconsumers, an advocacy group bringing a class action lawsuit against Apple, wants to secure €60 of compensation for iPhone 6 owners that were affected by Apple’s 2018 ‘battery gate’ controversy.

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The case in Europe mirrors the multiple lawsuits that have gone on in the US in recent years. These complaints call out Apple for quietly throttling the performance of older iPhones. Following the controversy, Apple explained that it did this to preserve the long-term health of the ageing batteries in these iPhones.

Apple later updated iOS with a battery health monitor, which will warn users when a battery needs replacing in order to ensure peak performance.

So far, Euroconsumers’ attempts to settle the lawsuit out of court have gone unsuccessful, so this case could drag on for quite some time.

KitGuru Says: Apple is actively paying back previous iPhone owners in the US, so I don’t see why the situation shouldn’t be the same here in Europe. Perhaps we’ll get some updates on this in 2021.

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