The iPhone has been parading through news headlines ever
since its early January
unveil at MacWorld 2007. When the bulk of the tech press was roaming around
Las Vegas totally underwhelmed by the Consumer Electronics Show, Apple was
spilling the beans on a product that had been long
During its unveil, Apple went over the bulk of the iPhone's
features and reporters were quick to point out its deficiencies. A few minuses
that were harped upon with regards to the iPhone included its lack of a
physical keyboard and its sealed battery.
The lack of a physical keyboard has been overcome by many
iPhones users who have become accustomed to the on-screen alternative, but many
still harp on the lack of a user-replaceable battery.
Apple claims that the iPhone's battery is good for 400 charge/discharge cycles.
The design specifications for the iPhone note that the battery will retain 80
percent of its charge after 400 cycles have been exhausted.
For those that weren't satisfied with 400 charge cycles or
experience greatly diminished battery life, Apple announced its $85.95 battery
replacement program. Under the program, customers would pay $79 plus $6.95
shipping in the event of an iPhone battery failure. And considering that users
would be without an iPhone a week or more for repairs, Apple also announced
that it would rent an iPhone ($29) to those who couldn't be without a phone.
iPhone users now have a cheaper option with AppleCare
coverage. AppleCare extends
the iPhone's warranty from one year to two years and is available for $69.
One iPhone customer wasn't happy at all with the iPhone's
battery life or the two alternatives to replacing a defective battery and filed
a class-action lawsuit against Apple as a result. In the suit, Jose Trujillo
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 suit goes on state:
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.
To the first point; the fact that the battery was not
replaceable was disclosed to the public from the very beginning and is nothing
new. Secondly, the suit claims that the iPhone battery can only be charged for
300 times before it needs replacement. Apple clearly states that the iPhone’s
battery will retain 80 percent capacity even after its design specifications of
The full text of the complaint can be viewed at Gizmodo,
but it's doubtful that the suit will gain much traction in court.
quote: And I find it very hard to believe that this guy can claim only 300 charges without any hard evidence. I highly doubt he sat around charging and delpeting his battery until it was completely dead.
quote: ...way a consumer did not know that prior to purchase, the 400 charge cycle number does not share the same status
quote: Look how much money Apple makes by selling people their second, third or fourth iPod.
quote: It's like Apple goes out of their way to screw people with how they do hardware and people just eat it up.
quote: I have litigated as class action counsel against Intel, Microsoft, America On Line, Commonwealth Edison, City of Chicago, County of Lake, The Circuit Court of Cook County, Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Assessor, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Lake County, Illinois, Chicago Medical School, LaSalle Bank, Continental Bank, Irving Bank & Trust, Ameritech, Sonic Communications, Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Arista Records (Milli Vanilli), et al. on a state or nation wide class basis since 1976. I am usually lead counsel or class counsel in the litigation, and am currently one of the lead counsel in the Commonwealth Edison power outage cases as I was in America On Line and In Re Sonic Communications, which was one of the first nation wide telephone "slamming" class actions. Steinberg vs. Chicago Medical School, 69 Ill.2d 320, 41 Ill.App.3d 804, was one of the first cases under the class action statute and is still a leading case in Illinois on contracts and admission practices of educational institutions.
quote: Over the years, I have also been a Level I and II hearing officer with the Illinois State Board of Education, Special Education and Teacher Dismissal. I enjoyed the position as it allowed me to adjudicate issues concerning children, young adults and those who devote their lives to education.
quote: $600 for a phone, thats almost criminal, if people have that much money to through around, I hope they're putting twice as much into charity.