After consolidating 18 lawsuits into one class action, Apple has finally reached a settlement that those Apple iPhone 4 owners unhappy with the antenna's performance, can take part in. And as usual with these sort of things, the plaintiffs will not be walking away wealthy. The terms of the settlement call for Apple to give those filing a claim the choice between a free bumper case or $15 in cash. Those taking part in the settlement will have 120 days from April 30th to inform Apple and the latter will be emailing customers to inform them as well as placing ads in USA Today and MacWorld.
The number of Apple iPhone 4 owners that may take part in the settlement is unknown. Many already received free rubber bumpers from Apple when the Antennagate "scandal" originally broke. The Apple iPhone 4S uses a different dual-antenna system that switches the antenna in use if the phone is losing signal strength for various reasons, including the attenuation that might occur from holding it in a certain manner. Ira Rothken, the attorney that represented the class, said that the settlement, "is fair, adequate, and reasonable." Apple iPhone 4 owners, do you agree?