A large number of class-action lawsuits filed against Apple regarding the iPhone battery slowdowns will likely be consolidated in a hearing next month.
According to MacRumors, a hearing on March 29 by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will consider consolidating the 59 class action suits field across 16 district courts in the United States. There are also suits in six other countries.
The site says that the lawsuits will more than likely be centralized in the Northern District of California. Currently, 30 lawsuits are in front of Judge Edward J. Davila in that district.
The issue was first widely reported in early December in a Reddit post when one user noticed that after receiving a new iPhone battery, their handset was running faster.
In late December, Apple announced the temporary price cut for battery replacements of older iPhone models to $29. The service is usually $79, but the discount will remain in place until December 2018.
Apple has also added a new battery health feature to iOS 11.3 which is currently in beta testing. The software should arrive to the public this spring.