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.

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, 2018-03-31 (Update: 2018-03-31)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.