iPhone owners win $20MILLION Apple settlement over iOS ‘slowdown’

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APPLE has agreed to payout $20million / £16million to iPhone owners for an iOS update that went bad years ago.

The case has been raging on since 2015, when a group claimed iOS 9 made their iPhone 4S handsets slow down so much that they had to buy new phones.

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iPhone 4S experienced a ‘significant decline in performance’ due to iOS 9Credit: Alamy

Worse still, they weren’t able to reverse the damage.

After seven years, the tech giant has reached a settlement – though there’s a catch.

The case was filed in a New York court, meaning only those from the Big Apple and New Jersey are eligible for compensation.

It’ll only be available to anyone from those areas who owns or owned an iPhone 4S and downloaded iOS 9.

Given how long it’s been, that may be hard for many to prove.

But legal paper work states that individuals must “submit a declaration under the penalty of perjury that, to the best of their knowledge, they downloaded iOS 9, or any version thereof, onto their ‌iPhone‌ 4S… their ‌iPhone‌ 4S experienced a significant decline in performance as a result”.

And anyone who is eligible won’t get loads – each person will receive just $15 / £12.

The settlement still needs to be finalised before people can claim.

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Once it’s sorted, a special website and phone number will be made available, MacRumors reports.

When Apple launched iOS 9 in September 2015, the firm claimed it was the “most advanced mobile experience”.

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They also said it would provide “faster scrolling” and “better overall performance”, but many iPhone 4S owners complained it did quite the opposite.

Apple released the iPhone 4S in October 2011.

iOS 9 was launched way back in 2015

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iOS 9 was launched way back in 2015Credit: Getty
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