iPhone Users Win Settlement: $349 Payout for Audio Woes

A $35 million settlement may entitle certain owners of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to compensation.

As part of a 2019 lawsuit filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, owners of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus who encountered problems with the audio chip might earn up to $349 in compensation.

Owners of certain models must have paid for a repair or reported to Apple about a problem (e.g., not working FaceTime, speakerphone, Siri, or voice memo app) within the period of September 16, 2016, to January 3, 2023.

The Settlement Administration website states that Apple refuted all claims of misconduct and said the devices did not have these problems. Apple did not answer a request for comment right away.

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The audio chip, which controls how sound is output from speakers or headphones, was the source of the problem. Apple removed the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 models in September 2016 in order to improve water resistance, design, and sound quality.

Users who meet the requirements may get an email or postal postcard regarding the settlement. June 3 is the last day to submit a claim on the website. This coming July 18, there will be a final approval hearing.

There have been other litigation settlements involving the iPhone 7 variants.

Customers of Apple who bought the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, or SE before December 21, 2017, were eligible to receive $25 as part of the company’s settlement of a class action lawsuit against the company for allegedly forcing customers to upgrade to the newest iPhone model by slowing down older devices with system upgrades.


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