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Batterygate: Over 63,000 South Korean customers file a lawsuit against Apple

Apple iPhone 8 with battery problems
Apple iPhone 8 with battery problems
Although Apple also had some problems with inflated batteries lately, the class action lawsuit involving no less than 63,767 South Korean customers has been filed to seek damages because of the company's intentional CPU throttling on older models to increase their battery life. The amount Apple might pay is the equivalent of almost US$12 million.
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Last year, when Apple had released iOS 10.2, many users of the company's older phones started noticing a severe drop in performance. Not long after the initial reports, Apple also acknowledged the issue. In the meantime, they also added the chance to disable CPU throttling, although it took them quite a while and only added this option in iOS 11.3. However, many customers were not happy with the whole deal, so now Apple is facing what is the biggest in terms of plaintiffs for a single lawsuit in South Korea.

This class action lawsuit was filed by exactly 63,767 customers who might receive a total of KR₩12.7 billion, the equivalent of almost US$12 million. These customers are represented by the law firm Hanuri, who is asking the amount of KR₩200,000 (almost US$189) per each plaintiff "for duping consumers and causing mental distress." The number of those interested in suing Apple was initially far higher — around 400,000 — but the number dropped following authentications.

Since the batterygate blew up in December, Apple faced at least 59 separate lawsuits because of it. In South Korea, 122 customers filed a lawsuit in January, while 401 did it earlier this month. In both cases, they asked damages of around US$2,000 per person.

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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5438 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2018-03-31 (Update: 2018-03-31)