'Batterygate' payments coming soon

Expect a check any day for the faux iPhone "scandal."

Remember “batterygate,” the bullshit scandal from 2017 whose proponents accused Apple of purposely throttling older iPhones to encourage upgrades?

The furor stemmed from an iOS update that quietly slowed down older iPhones with aging batteries. The intent was to stop the devices from crashing if they drew more power than the battery could handle.

But plenty of people saw ulterior motives, and Apple was sued for $500 million.

The case has been winding its way through the courts, and Apple is now poised to start making payouts to customers who registered for compensation.

Did you sign up before the deadline back in October 2020?

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— Steve Jobs, 2000.

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