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Join the Apple iPhone  ‘battergate’ claim

Did Apple sell you an iPhone with a defective battery?

If so, Join the Claim to get the justice and compensation you deserve.

Apple is accused of selling older iPhones with defective batteries. Rather than recalling the phones, Apple tried to hide the problem with software updates which slowed phones down. The scandal has been named “batterygate”.  

Apple has agreed to settle a claim alleging that it deliberately slowed down iPhones in the US. The multi-national tech company has already started making payments to iPhone users in the States. A similar case is underway in the UK with lawyers seeking hundreds of millions in compensation for affected iPhone customers.  

At a glance: what do we know about the iPhone consumer protection claim?

  • Apple is accused of selling older iPhones with defective batteries. As the batteries aged, their performance decreased. 
  • To combat performance issues and stop older devices from abruptly shutting down, Apple issued a software update to iPhone users. However Apple did not make it clear that this update would slow down devices. In some cases, the update slowed phones down by as much as 58%. 
  • Lawyers allege that Apple ‘throttled’ the performance of the affected iPhones without telling its customers in order to avoid expensive recalls and repairs. 
  • Apple has lost a legal bid to block a UK mass action lawsuit against it. The case could go to trial in late 2024 or early 2025. 

Around 23.8 million iPhone users in the UK are affected – are you one of them? 

Could you be due compensation from Apple? Find out instantly with our easy-to-use eligibility checker!

How it works

Check your eligibility

Our simple eligibility checker provides instant clarity. Answer a few straightforward questions and you’ll know if you could qualify for an Apple iPhone consumer protection claim.

Register your interest

If you have a potential claim, register your interest and we’ll keep you updated about this case.

Stay Informed

Even if you are not currently eligible, similar claims could arise in the future. So you should still sign up for updates.

Join the Claim

Find out if you could be due compensation from Apple.

It will only take a few minutes and there’s no obligation to proceed.

Which iPhones are affected?

You are likely to be affected if you bought one of following iPhone models after 12 December 2016: 

iPhone 6 

iPhone 6 Plus 

iPhone 6S 

iPhone 6S Plus 

iPhone SE 

iPhone 7 

iPhone 7 Plus 

You could be due compensation if you owed an affected model.

Latest updates on the Apple iPhone ‘batterygate’ claim

  • 2016

    iPhone users began reporting reliability and usability problems such as sudden shutdowns. Apple said this was an issue affecting only a “very small number” of iPhone 6s devices. 

  • Jan 2017

    Apple released a software update that slowed the performance of its older iPhones. The throttling did fix most unexpected shutdowns, but resulted in reduced performance. Later that year, it became clear that a battery issue was behind the initial problems. Multiple lawsuits followed in the US. 

  • 2018

    Apple dropped the price of battery replacements. It also asked judges in the US to dismiss the lawsuits against them. 

  • Feb 2020

    French consumer authorities fined Apple €25 million following a formal investigation. Apple also tentatively agreed to a $500 million settlement to resolve dozens of US class action lawsuits which had been consolidated into one complaint. 

  • Nov 2020

    A separate US investigation concluded. Apple agreed to pay a US$113 million fine related to throttling

  • Nov 2023

    The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal gave the go-ahead to the iPhone throttling case.

  • Jan 2024

    A Canadian class action lawsuit ordered Apple to pay iPhone users up to $14.4 million. Apple began compensating people in the US for deliberately slowing down the performance of older iPhones. Apple continued to deny the allegations but agreed to the settlements to avoid burdensome and costly litigation. The settlement was not an admission of wrongdoing by Apple.

We’ll provide more updates on batterygate as they occur.

Apple iPhone FAQs

Batterygate revolves around allegations that Apple secretly slowed down the performance of older iPhone models through software updates. The controversy began after users discovered their older iPhones were experiencing significant performance issues and slowdowns after updating to newer versions of iOS. This led to accusations that Apple was intentionally throttling the performance of these devices to push users toward purchasing newer models. 

The case involves up to 23.8 million UK iPhone users. Find out if you could be due compensation from Apple with our easy-to-use eligibility checker!

Sign up with Join the Claim and we will keep you updated on this case, including what you need to do to get compensation if the claim is successful.

We cannot say exactly how much compensation you might get if Apple is ordered to pay compensation in the UK. Each claim is based on its merits and your solicitor will work to get the compensation owed to you. The case could be worth as much as £853 million 

In the UK, if a group of people have experienced loss, or otherwise been harmed by an organisation’s law breaking, they can come together to fight for justice. Levelling the playing field when standing up to big businesses, group actions prove that there is strength in numbers. At Join the Claim, we bring consumers and law firms together to ensure these group actions are as powerful as possible. 

There are no costs to be part of these claims – win or lose. 

About Join the Claim

At Join the Claim, we unite law firms and individuals to ensure powerful group action claims. We are not a law firm, but we help ensure people get straightforward access to compensation.  

Think of us as the ultimate matchmaker for justice. Shining a spotlight on the latest and biggest consumer wrongdoings and making eligibility checks a breeze, we connect you with the law firms ready to fight for you.  

We won’t charge you a single penny when you sign up to join a claim, but we might take a fee from the law firms we introduce you to. 

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