Apple customers who own faulty Powerbeats 2 devices have begun receiving payouts from a class action lawsuit that Apple settled last year, according to MacRumors.

The class action lawsuit claimed the company’s Powerbeats2 wireless earphones contain a design defect that causes the device to stop retaining a charge. Apple denied the allegations and no judgment was made in the case. However, the parties reached a settlement to the tune of US$9.75 million in August 2020.

In 2017, seven customers, from different cities, sued, saying the headphones don’t hold their charge for as long as Apple claims. Nor are they as water-proof or sweat-proof as advertised, the suit claimed. What’s more, Apple promoted the Powerbeats 2 headphones as having “six hours rechargeable battery” and Powerbeats 3 as having “up to 12 hour battery life.”

The complaint attributed the shoddiness of Apple’s Powerbeats headphones to cheap components. Citing an estimate in a Motley Fool article, the complaint contended that Apple’s Beats Solo headphones cost US$16.89 to make and retail for $199.95: a markup of more than 1,000%.

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