Those of us who signed up for monthly 99 cent payments to Apple for greater iCloud space years ago may soon receive a refund.
According to Macworld, this is because Apple allegedly violated its own terms of service, resulting in the corporation having to pay a $14.8 million class-action settlement. Apple allegedly violated the law by storing some iCloud data on third-party servers rather than its own. Apple continues to deny any wrongdoing, but it hasn’t stopped the company from spending money to fix the problem.
This applies to those who paid any additional money for extra iCloud storage between September 16, 2015, and January 31, 2016, according to the conditions of the settlement. Customers outside the United States will not receive anything unless you have a U.S. mailing address associated with your iCloud account during that period.
Those who have an active iCloud storage plan will get the funds through their Apple account, while those who have canceled their membership will receive a check in the mail.
Back then, monthly iCloud storage rates varied from 99 cents for 50 GB Apple cloud storage to $10 for 1 TB of storage. This is significant since the amount of money you’ll receive is based on how much you paid throughout the few months the settlement is focusing on.
However, you shouldn’t expect to make a lot of money from this in either case. That $14.8 million may appear large, but after it’s distributed among all those who paid for iCloud storage a few years ago, it might amount to $2.79.
Even so, free money is still free money. All it needed was for Apple to jeopardize your sensitive information just a little.