PSA: You could get up to $349 from Apple if you owned an iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users who experienced audio issues with their devices may be eligible for a compensation from a $35 million class action lawsuit settlement against Apple. Apple agreed to settle the lawsuit in 2021, and the deadline for affected iPhone 7 users to file a claim is June 3.

The lawsuit was filed due to audio issues that affected the iPhone 7 models, which were allegedly related to Apple’s “audio IC” chip. These issues affected the audio quality and FaceTime performance, and were commonly referred to as “Loop Disease” by affected iPhone 7 users. Apple has denied all allegations and admitted to no wrongdoing.

To be eligible for a payout, individuals must be U.S. residents who owned or own an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus between September 16, 2016 and January 3, 2023, and reported to Apple in the U.S. issues reflected in Apple’s records as Sound-Speaker, Sound-Microphone, Sound – Receiver, Unexpected Restart/Shutdown, or Power On – Device Unresponsive (“Covered Issues”).

There are two groups of eligible iPhone 7 users. The first group consists of people who had audio issues and paid Apple out of pocket for repairs, and will receive a payout of at least $50 and no more than $349. The second group consists of iPhone 7 users who contacted Apple about audio issues but didn’t actually pay for a repair, and will receive an equal payment of up to $125.

If you believe you are eligible for a payment, you can learn more on the settlement website. A final approval hearing will be held on July 18, after which class payments will begin to be distributed. The deadline for filing a claim has been extended to July 3.

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