Apple could owe you hundreds of pounds if you have an iPhone after UK court case

If you're one of up to 25 million Brits who owned an iPhone in 2017, you could be due a tidy cash sum from Apple soon.

The tech giant is facing a major £768 million court case in the UK which claims it deliberately slowed down older iPhone models as new iOS updates were released.

Consumer champion Justin Gutmann has filed a claim with the Competition Appeal Tribunal, claiming that Apple misled users by making them download software updates it said would improve iPhone performance, but actually slowed the devices down.

Information about the feature which caused the issue, a 'power management tool', was allegedly hidden from download notes at the time of release in January 2017.

Gutmann claims that there was no information provided at the time about the impact it would have on the device's performance.

His claim also alleges that Apple introduced the tool to 'disguise' the fact that the new version of iOS was not optimised for older iPhone batteries, and the company opted for software updates rather than replacing batteries.

Gutmann said: "Instead of doing the honourable and legal thing by their customers and offering a free replacement, repair service or compensation, Apple instead misled people by concealing a tool in software updates that slowed their devices by up to 58%.

"I'm launching this case so that millions of iPhone users across the UK will receive redress for the harm suffered by Apple's actions."

Apple apologised in 2017 for its handling of the issue after users noticed issues with their phone's performance, and offered to replace batteries at a discount and give users the option to turn off the power tool.

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The company said in a statement: "We have never, and would never, do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.

"Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that."

The claim states that the affected iPhone models were the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and the iPhone X.

So, if you owned any of these models in 2017, you will automatically be eligible for compensation should Apple lose the court case.

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