Apple could pay you $25 as part of settlement for slowing phones

Users can now request claims online

Some iPhone owners may be eligible to receive $25 from Apple.

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Anyone who owns or owned any iPhone 6 that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later, or any iPhone 7 device that ran iOS 11.2 or later, before Dec. 21, 2017 could qualify for a payment as part of a $500 million settlement Apple agreed to in March following a wave of lawsuits in 2017 that accused the tech giant of slowing down the performance of older iPhone models in an effort to encourage customers to buy newer versions.

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The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently launched a website that lets users request claims of up to $25 under specific requirements, according to tech news website CNET.

The Apple logo is displayed on a smartphone with splintered glass. (Photo llustration by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)

Users may be entitled to settlement benefits if they were a U.S. owner of "an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, and/or SE device ... that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later or, in the case of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices, that ran iOS 11.2 or later before December 21, 2017," the site states.

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Users must have also experienced "diminished performance" on their iPhones in order to qualify for a payout.

Claims must be submitted by Oct. 6 for users to be eligible.

A Texas-based tech watchdog group released a document in July revealing Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a staunch critic of big-tech, could sue Apple for violating trade practice laws by slowing older iPhones in an ongoing multi-state probe.

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