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Friday, 28 January 2011 11:14

Apple sued over cracked iPhone 4

Written by Nick Farell
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Defective product
A Californian bloke is suing Apple because his expensive iPhone 4 shattered when his daughter dropped it. Donald LeBuhn is leveling a class action lawsuit at Apple charging the company with knowingly selling a defective product.

After months of flogging the iPhone 4s, Apple has failed to warn and continues to sell this product with no warning to customers that the glass housing is defective,” LeBuhn says in the complaint. To be fair it did mention that it needed a rubber band to work and it has confessed that there was a disconnection feature when you moved the gizmo near your ears. However LeBuhn is right and Apple has not fessed up to cracking glass problems.

LeBuhn tested an iPhone 3G and dropped it from about 3 feet without the device suffering any harm however the iPhone 4 glass shattered. In October, a study by warranty provider SquareTrade revealed that iPhone 4 owners were reporting damage 68 percent more frequently than iPhone 3GS owners did four months after both devices had been on the market for four months.

Broken screens is the most frequently reported damage for the iPhone 4, according to the study. LeBuhn’s lawsuit says that that Apple makes false claims about the iPhone 4. Apple’s website says the iPhone 4?s screen is “chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic” and “ultradurable”.


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-48 #1 Boomstick777 2011-01-28 14:13
So some bloke lets his daughter mess around with his 'expensive' phone, she drops it and then he gets upset and decides to sue apple. Meh, people sue for anything these days, shouldn't be allowed imo. Why not just take better care of your expensive s**t, don't let your kids throw s**t around and if you do don't sue becausce of it, pfft :/
 
 
-35 #2 thetruth 2011-01-28 14:15
Quoting Boomstick777:
So some bloke lets his daughter mess around with his 'expensive' phone, she drops it and then he gets upset and decides to sue apple. Meh, people sue for anything these days, shouldn't be allowed imo. Why not just take better care of your expensive s**t, don't let your kids throw s**t around and if you do don't sue becausce of it, pfft :/


NO! No. This is fudzilla, you're not allowed to take Apple's side on anything, ever. EVER.
 
 
+54 #3 TheDude 2011-01-28 15:06
If Apple states that the screen is "ultra durable" and they are shattering no matter if it's a 5, 40 or 80 year old person dropping it then Apple should get a good spanking in court especially with the exorbitant price they charge for their phones.
 
 
-24 #4 Bors Mistral 2011-01-28 15:07
OK... Does the product brochure state anywhere that the phone is impact resistant?
 
 
+21 #5 Bubulinu 2011-01-28 15:33
Quoting Bors Mistral:
OK... Does the product brochure state anywhere that the phone is impact resistant?

So, your understanding is that you need a screen protector that is 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic to not be dameged by the diamond fabrick in your pants???!!!
 
 
+35 #6 Super XP 2011-01-28 17:21
I AGREE with this statement 100%
" Apple should get a good spanking in court especially with the exorbitant price they charge for their phones."
 
 
-12 #7 63jax 2011-01-28 17:25
well in USA everything is possible...a fat lady sued McDonlad because the cover felt down from the cup and she spilled the coffee on her clothes. they sue you even if you look at them...pussies
 
 
+22 #8 D31337Antics 2011-01-28 21:08
I don't understand how the iPhone4s glass can be so horrid. The stuff they use is suppost to be better than the Gorilla Glass in my Vibrant and yet I have dropped that thing 4 times onto concrete from about 3 1/2 feet up and it still doesnt have a scratch on the glass... just on the case. :X
 
 
+17 #9 jonny80s 2011-01-28 23:23
Harder and stiffer means that the substance is harder to scratch, but..... it doesn't flex so when force is applied it will shatter.

Apples statement is true, people simply don't understand it.

By no means am I an apple fan boy, I don't own or use any apple products.
 
 
-16 #10 TechHog 2011-01-28 23:29
You know what's funny? If any other company were being sued for something similar, you guys would be laughing your asses off. I mean, come on! HP says that my laptop gets 5 hours of battery life, but I can only manage just over 4. Should I sue too?
 

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