Color me upset. I’m not a lawyer and I never played one on TV. I am an Apple customer and I dutifully pay the Apple Tax to keep up with the Joneses (actual Jones family lives next door; they own Apple kit, too).
It upsets me when someone comes along with a good idea to make money the easy way and I can’t get in on the deal. This time is different. It is high time we Apple faithful banded together to sue Apple over its misdeeds and make some money.
How about this idea? Let’s say we all went to the Apple Store and bought a silicone case for our respective iPhone models. A few customers think Apple’s silicone cases are the most expensive and some of them have been deluded into thinking those cases fit well and do a good job of protecting the iPhone’s corners during a fall.
I say rubbish. The silicone is too sticky. That makes the case– and the iPhone– more difficult to pull from a pocket, bag, or purse without dropping it on the ground and incurring some damage. And, to double up on a lawsuit with potential class action status, Apple’s silicone cases make it just as difficult to put the iPhone back into a pocket, bag, or purse without dropping it on the ground.
Not only can you damage your iPhone thanks to those sticky silicone cases, but think about the damage to your well being, not to mention the associated mental and emotional stress.
Let’s sue Apple because it is so obvious that those silicone iPhone cases are a hazard filled with design flaws. It is likely that Apple sold tens of millions of such cases and each silicone case owner should be entitled to due compensation for fear and anguish, mental and emotional stress because Apple deliberately took our money in exchange for an inferior product.
Is there precedent for such actionable lawsuits? Yes.
A lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California (I prefer East Texas, myself) says Apple’s advertising is misleading and new iPhones don’t have the number of pixels advertised and should not have a Notch. Isaiah Mayersen:
Apple’s decision to conceal the notch with a black wallpaper is illegally misleading. Other alleged lies include the screen size and resolution of the iPhone X series, which doesn’t consider the notch or curved corners.
I checked Apple’s website and I saw the Notch here and there, and found the screen sizes– in pixels– for various new iPhone models. In some iPhone images the Notch was not easily visible. In others, it was in plain site. So, someone was mislead by their own lying eyes.
Yet, as the lawsuit states, it is Apple that is doing the lying.
The iPhone X screen is “only about 5.6865 inches” due to the rounded corners, which is slightly smaller than Apple’s rated 5.8 inches. Because of the rounded corners and notch, the lawsuit claims that the real resolution of the device is 2195 x 1125, which is about 10% less than Apple says it is.
So, someone bought an iPhone and did not know it came with a Notch, and that same someone also counted all visible pixels on the display and the number didn’t match up with Apple’s hype.
There’s fake news and now fake pixels.
As to the fake news, Apple’s website does have some fine print which explains actual display size, pixel count, and viewable area, but class action lawsuits tend to ignore fine print as often as most online users ignore privacy rules.
No matter. Whatever. My idea is better because everyone with a silicone case knows they’re too sticky, which means Apple had to know it, too, but ignored such facts in favor of charging customers $40 for an inferior product that could not have cost the company a dollar.
Forget about the fact that Apple Store associates will be able to answer any questions you have regarding edge-to-edge display, pixel count, and how the highly visible Notch works. Forget about the fact that Apple has a return policy so if you don’t like the silicone case, the Notch, or the pixel count, you can get a full refund right away; or, next week.
What’s important to remember here is that if we, collective Apple customers, can come up with a really lame reason to sue Apple, there’s always a lawyer somewhere who will draw up the proper legal documents, and if we stick it out long enough, we might find a sympathetic judge who had a similar problem with Apple, and allow our lawsuit to prevail.
Oh, forget about the fact that lawyers get most of the money obtained in such frivolous lawsuits. It’s the principle that counts, right?