The case accused Apple of purposely breaking the FaceTime capability on iPhones running older iOS versions. In essence, Apple has ousted the FaceTime technology line on iOS 7 to offset its server costs.
However, in 2012, Apple was found to infringe on VirnetX's peer-to-peer technology patents, which required the company to turn all FaceTime calls and data into a relay method.
Such developments caused Apple to research how to bring down the cost of FaceTime, which led Apple to create a new peer-to-peer interface without violating VirnetX's patents. New technology debuted in iOS 7, but the lawsuit alleges that Apple knew that new technology would compel people to update to iOS 7 or break FaceTime on iOS 6 by causing major digital certificates to expire prematurely.
Through the settlement, 90% of the class action's claimants will receive compensation through mail or electronic means. It is said that 3.6 million devices have been affected, thus, each claimant will receive about $3 in compensation. The case was originally scheduled for trial this month.
The class action member is defined as all California users of Apple iPhone 4 or 4s devices using iOS 6 or earlier operating systems. A 30% settlement payment will be held by the class lawsuit lawyer, whilst the two original plaintiffs will each receive $ 7,500.