If you are an iCloud user, you are likely to get a refund from Apple, which has decided to settle a class-action lawsuit for $14.8 million (approximately Rs 113 crore). The lawsuit alleges that Apple violated the iCloud Terms and Conditions by storing paid iCloud users’ data using third-party servers instead of their own. In other words, Apple will refund you if you meet certain conditions. A refund of Rs 113 crore will be distributed among all eligible users.
Eligible users include anyone who paid for an iCloud subscription between September 16, 2015, and January 31, 2016 and is not required to follow any process to claim a refund. As long as the email you used to purchase your iCloud subscription is still active, Apple will send you a notification confirming that you are a class member and eligible for a refund.
These conditions were kept for refund.
Hence, you need to fulfil two conditions to be eligible for the refund. The refund amount will depend on how long you were an iCloud customer during the specified period. Each eligible class member will receive settlement details based on the total payment made by each class member for their iCloud subscription during the class period. The second fact is the subscription level you were a part of. You can be an individual iCloud customer or a family customer.
The lawsuit focuses on iCloud users in the US, and it is not clear whether Indian users are also eligible for a refund. In the US, iCloud subscription fees were then $0.99 for 50GB, $3.99 for 200GB, and $9.99 for 1TB. A user who subscribes to the top-level plan will be eligible for a higher refund than who buys the original plan. Apple has not disclosed the personal refund amount.
Per the terms of the Agreement, Apple maintains that it has done nothing wrong and denies that it has violated the iCloud Terms and Conditions with any User. Therefore, the hearing on the final approval of the case will be held on August 4.
This is not the first time that Apple has given refunds to its customers. In addition to refunds in many cases, Apple has also offered free replacements to users affected by poor service for its products.