Apple agrees to pay certain iPhone 4S users up to $15 to settle lawsuit

You remember the iPhone 4S, right? That was the first iPhone that came with the virtual assistant Siri. Although Apple used the same “S” naming scheme with the iPhone 3G, some said the “s” in the iPhone 4S stood for “Siri.” That would be a brilliant deduction if we could just assume that Siri was supposed to debut on the iPhone 3GS and somehow Apple forgot to include it.

After six years, Apple settles a lawsuit related to the iPhone 4S

A group of iPhone 4S owners filed a class action lawsuit in December 2015 complaining of performance issues with their phone that they experienced after the September 2015 iOS 9 update. A class member, Chaim Lerman, said in 2015 that his iPhone 4s was slower and no longer functioned normally. As a result, he said users feel like they have to “spend hundreds to buy a new phone.”

The main problem was that the Plaintiffs accused Apple of misrepresenting the software update. The lawsuit says that Apple promoted iOS 9 as being compatible with the iPhone 4S and would “improve or ‘improve performance’ for its customers who downloaded the software update. Instead, the Plaintiffs contend, iOS 9 significantly reduced the performance of their iPhone devices.” 4S. .”

Apple promoted the iOS 9 update by stating that it was “faster and more responsive”. The company added that it makes more efficient use of the CPU and GPU to deliver faster scrolling, smoother animation, and better overall performance.” Apple also said that web pages, emails, and messages render faster. fast with the update.

After bouncing around the legal system for more than six years, a settlement was announced today in which Apple agreed to raise a $20 million fund to compensate iPhone 4S owners in New York and New Jersey who experienced poor performance on their iPhone. iPhone 4S after installing iOS 9. The settlement will pay each claimant $15, though that amount could be reduced if more valid claims are filed than expected.

Those who believe they are entitled to the $15 must “submit a statement under penalty of perjury that, to the best of their knowledge, (1) they downloaded iOS 9, or any version thereof, onto their iPhone 4S; (2) they lived in New York or New Jersey at the time they first downloaded any version of iOS 9 and (3) their iPhone 4S
experienced a significant decrease in performance as a result.”

Apple will create a website and a toll-free phone number for consumers

Apple will create a website and a toll-free 1-800 number that will keep consumers up to date. The fact that this case has been running for over six years means you can score it as another win for the lawyers. According to a court filing, the case generated 48,000 documents that produced 539,000 pages, 15 depositions (including the plaintiffs, 11 Apple employees, and the parties’ class certification experts), and 770 pages of expert reports.

Both parties have taken this lawsuit as far as they wish and both are taking the settlement to court. The most recent court filing seeks approval of the settlement by Plaintiffs and Apple and calls the $15 payment a successful outcome of the case because “Apple argued throughout the litigation that even if Plaintiffs succeeded in proving their claims, Apple vigorously contested, the actual damages as measured by the aftermarket price did not exceed $15 per device.”

The original price in the US for the iPhone 4S was $199 for the version with 16 GB of storage, $299 for the 32 GB unit and $399 for the 64 GB model. This price was for consumers willing to sign a two-year contract with their operator. Unsubsidized prices varied between Verizon and AT&T, the only two US carriers selling the iPhone at the time.

At AT&T, the 16GB iPhone 4S was priced at $449 without a contract. The 32GB model was $549 and the 64GB variant was $649. Verizon’s price was $200 higher for each level.

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