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The deadline for submitting a portion of Apple’s $35 million settlement with some iPhone 7 users is approaching. Here you can see who is eligible.


16/05: CBS Morning News

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The deadline is approaching to register and receive a share of Apple’s $35 million settlement with iPhone 7 or 7 Plus users who experienced audio problems with their device’s microphone. Those who qualify to file a claim can get between $50 and $349 from the tech giant.

The settlement is limited to United States residents who owned one of these phone models between September 16, 2016 and January 3, 2023 and reported a covered audio problem to Apple or paid the company for repairs.

The deadline to file a claim is June 3 via the settlement website.

Those who paid for repairs can receive up to $349, while people who reported the problem but did not pay for repairs can receive up to $125. The minimum payout for eligible claimants is $50.

The lawsuit was originally filed in 2019 by plaintiffs Joseph Casillas and De’Jhontai Banks, who both purchased an iPhone 7 in 2017 and claimed they began experiencing problems the following year.

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“Plaintiff Casillas noticed that the audio on his phone was distorted by audible static when he attempted to play a video on his phone,” the complaint reads. “Plaintiff Banks noticed that she could not hear callers unless she used the speakerphone function of her iPhone. These are common indications of the Audio IC defect.”

The lawsuit details the audio chip problem as a result of inadequate enclosures on the phones, and further alleges that Apple “had long been aware of the Audio IC defect” and routinely refused to repair affected phones for free.

In the settlement agreement, Apple denied that the phones had audio problems and said nothing inappropriate or illegal had been done.

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