A Cook County, Illinois resident has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple and AT&T over the iPhone.
Jose Trujillo is claiming that Apple and AT&T misled iPhone buyers by not clearly informing them that the iPhone battery was sealed, and could only be professionally replaced.
The battery issue was well-known by just about everybody. Given the vast amount of print hype about the iPhone, this gentleman is quite obviously lying if he says he didn't know about the issue.
Worse, his case is, in any event, based on lies.
According to the papers:Unknown to the Plaintiff, and undisclosed to the public, prior to purchase, the iPhone is a sealed unit with its battery soldered on the inside of the device so that it cannot be changed by the owner…The battery enclosed in the iPhone can only be charged approximately 300 times before it will be in need of replacement, necessitating a new battery annually for owners of the iPhone.
The iPhone battery will not die after 300 charges. This has been reported but is, in fact, a distortion of the truth, i.e. a lie, as was pointed out sometime ago by John Gruber.
Let’s double-check and see what Apple actually says on their iPhone battery information page:A properly maintained iPhone battery is designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity after 400 full charge and discharge cycles. You may choose to replace your battery when it no longer holds sufficient charge to meet your needs.
So Apple says that after 400 cycles, the battery should hold about 80 percent of its original capacity.
So, the lawsuit is based on misinformation. Also, of course, Trujillo could simply have returned the iPhone to the shop where he bought it and got his money refunded. He chose not to and is, instead, bringing this entirely frivolous court action.
I suspect that he will lose; and I hope that all costs are awarded against him and he is bankrupted and thrown onto the street with—although I hate the idea of so defiling such a beautiful object—his iPhone rammed firmly up his jacksy.
Fuck, but I loathe stupid, lazy and greedy people.