updated 09:54 am EDT, Tue April 23, 2013
Case reaches conclusion
iPhone 4 owners are beginning to receive $15 checks as their part of the settlement in a class action lawsuit against Apple, notes 9to5Mac. The payouts mark the end of the dispute, which merged 18 different cases involving the iPhone 4's alleged "death grip" issue. Holding the phone in the wrong way without a case would effectively kill its cellular reception.
Apple pointed out that other phones suffer from the same problem, but ultimately apologized and started offering free cases for a short time, even if it was not enough to deter legal action. The class action suit in fact handed out Apple Bumper cases to some claimants; the $15 checks are only being sent to people who didn't previously receive a Bumper. Apple ended up paying $53 million to settle the case, of which $16 million went to the lawyers.