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

If you own an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus that has been experiencing audio issues, your time is running out to claim part of Apple’s $35 million class action settlement. Apple agreed to settle the lawsuit last year, and the deadline for affected iPhone 7 users to file a claim is fast approaching: June 3.

As a reminder, Apple has been sued several times in the United States for audio problems affecting the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The plaintiffs alleged that the iPhone 7 models suffered from audio problems related to Apple’s “audio IC” chip. The issues affected audio quality, FaceTime performance, and more. This was commonly referred to as “loop disease” by affected iPhone 7 users.

Apple has denied all allegations and admitted no wrongdoing, but agreed to settle the case for $35 million last year. Apple began notifying customers eligible to receive compensation as part of the lawsuit settlement earlier this year. The story, however, is making the rounds again as the June 3 deadline approaches.

The eligibility to receive compensation in this case is, however, relatively strict. As The edge points out, there are two groups of eligible iPhone 7 users. The first group is made up of people who have experienced audio problems with their iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. And paid Apple out of pocket for a repair. These people will receive compensation “of at least $50 and not more than $349,” depending on the number of people filing a claim.

The second group is iPhone 7 users who contacted Apple about audio issues but did not pay for the repair. These individuals will receive “an equal payment of up to $125.”

Individuals who reside in the United States and who own or owned an Apple iPhone 7 or 7 Plus between September 16, 2016 and January 3, 2023 and who reported to Apple in the United States problems reflected in Apple’s records such as Sound-Speaker, Sound- Microphone, Sound – Receiver, Unexpected Reboot/Shutdown or Power On – Device Not Responding (“Covered Issues”), including but not limited to paid Apple ones out of pocket for repairs or replacements for covered issues as noted in Apple’s records.

If you believe you are entitled to a payment from Apple under this settlement, you can learn more at the settlement website. A final approval hearing will take place on July 18, after which class payments will begin to be distributed.

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