Apple agrees to pay $18 million for breaking FaceTime on older iPhones

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What you need to know

  • Apple has settled a class-action lawsuit in California.
  • The lawsuit claimed the company intentionally broke FaceTime for older iPhones.
  • Apple will pay out $18 million in the lawsuit.

When Apple launched iOS 7 in 2013, the company changed how FaceTime worked, switching to a new peer-to-peer standard that did not infringe on patents from a company called VirnetX. The switch allowed Apple to, as it commonly does, own the entire experience. The move, however, "broke" FaceTime for devices that were unable to update to iOS 7.

It appears that the company has agreed to pay an $18 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit in California to move on from the matter. According to a report by 9to5Mac, 90% of the class action members involved in the case will receive compensation. The law firm handling the case will receive 30% of the settlement, with $7500 going to the original plaintiffs and an estimated $3.00 going to each member of the class action.

Those receiving compensation are apparently defined as those who own an iPhone 4 or 4S with iOS 6 or earlier installed on their device.

"The class is defined as all California owners of non-jailbroken Apple iPhone 4 or 4S devices with iOS 6 or earlier operating systems."

Apple had just recently had a similar case thrown out of a Florida court. In that case, the court ruled that the lawsuit was "untimely and must be dismissed."

Since we are now almost a month away from iOS 14 being unveiled at a virtual WWDC, we can hope that this will be the last of the kind of lawsuit that deals with a version of iOS that is over six years old.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.