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Apple faces suit over iPhone battery


Apple iPhoneAccording to News.com, Illinois lawyer Larry Drury has filed a lawsuit on behalf of iPhone owner Jose Trujillo against Apple.

Larry claims that Apple defrauded his client by failing to reveal that the iPhone battery was not user-replaceable, and that it would die after just 300 charges.

Excerpt from News.com:

“This case arises out of Defendants' purposeful and fraudulent concealment to purchasers of its iPhone cellular telephone that they will be required to incur an annual fee of $85.95 as part of Defendants' battery replacement program."

It has received ridicule from quarters, who point out that it is normal for lithium ion batteries to wear out eventually and will have lowered capacity over time. It does not simply, however, "roll over and die."

If you have not read it yet, you should check out my earlier piece on 3 things you should already know about your lithium ion battery – given that most rechargeable batteries on the market now fall into that category.

The speculation is that perhaps the plaintiffs had the successful iPod battery lawsuit in mind when they filed this complaint and hoped to force Apple into some kind of settlement.

You can read more here:

Granted, having the ability to swap the batteries in your mobile phone would be a pretty useful, and I do wonder at Apple's continued insistence to stick to its non user-replaceable (battery) design.

Do you buy extra batteries for your mobile?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

7 comments
TechExec2
TechExec2

. You can take your iPhone to an Apple store for your battery service and rent a service iPhone for $29 while your phone is being serviced (1)(2). So, it is possible to avoid service interruption for the 3 business days this service takes. But... This STILL sucks. Many people don't have an Apple store nearby. The non-replaceable battery is a stupid design and a non-starter for many users. As you can see here (3), the battery is brick-shaped. There is no reason why the case could not have some kind of a door that provides access to the battery. P.S. However, the lawsuit is STILL stupid. ------------------------------------- (1) iPhone Out-of-Warranty Battery Replacement Program Frequently Asked Questions http://www.apple.com/support/iphone/service/battery/ (2) iPhone Service: Frequently Asked Questions http://www.apple.com/support/iphone/service/faq/ (3) iPhone Disassembled http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iPhone

TechExec2
TechExec2

. I expect to have to replace my lithium-ion mobile phone battery about once per year. The last time I did it it was somewhere around US$100. I don't like that the iPhone does not have a user-replaceable battery. But, Apple's send-in battery replacement program for about US$85 is reasonably priced. This is a STUPID lawsuit. The "plaintiff" should just return his iPhone, get his money back, and shut up. This attorney is what all the lawyer jokes are about. Q: Why do they bury lawyers 10 feet down? A: Because deep down, lawyers are good people. Q: What's the difference between a dead lawyer on a street and a dead dog on the street? A: There are skid marks in front of the dog. Q: What's the difference between a Catfish and a lawyer? A: One is a scum sucking bottom dweller, and the other is a fish. Q: What do you call 5000 dead lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A: A good start! Q: What do you have when a lawyer is buried up to his neck in sand? A: Not enough sand. Q: Why won't sharks attack lawyers? A: Professional courtesy.

JackOfAllTech
JackOfAllTech

Why would I buy another battery right away? I still have the phone I used 4 years ago and replaced 2 years ago and the original battery still works.

paulmah
paulmah

Do you actually buy extra batteries for your mobile?

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

and now, the obligatory lawyer jokes. An engineer mistakenly ends up in Hell through a clerical error. He quickly designs and impliments an effective air-conditioning system, effectively handles the brimstone pollution problem and gets the whole organization running like clockwork. When the LORD hears about this, he calls Satan, and says "That engineer doesn't belong down there, send him back NOW" The devil says "now way, I got him, I'm keeping him". "Oh yeah? Then I'll sue!" he replied. The devil laughs and says "And where are YOU going to find a lawyer!" The pope and a lawyer die and go to heaven, and are escorted to their respective new dwellings. First they stop at the lawyers new abode, a 18 room mansion with a sprawling estate, replete with servants and every luxury. The pope says to himself "wow, if a lawyer got this, I can only imagine what I'm going to have!" But the pope is disappointed to find that his new home is a simple efficiency appartment, sparsly decorated with humble accomodations. The pope rings up St Peter and says "What is the meaning of this! I'm the POPE! you give me an apartment and the lawyer gets a mansion? WHY?" St Peter calmly explains "Well, we've got plenty of Popes up here, but he's our first lawyer"

brian.mills
brian.mills

The "send in your phone to get a new battery" system may be reasonably priced, but for someone like me who has no phone besides cell phone, it would be unacceptable. I can't go several days without my phone. Soldering the battery to the board was a ridiculous idea. They could have put a connector on the battery wires and still had people take the phone to an Apple Store for battery replacement, allowing the customer to get a new battery while they wait. Could have even drummed up some more business as the customer browsed the store waiting for a new battery. My old 2G iPod had a supposedly non-user replaceable battery, but since it was already scratched up when the battery died, I wasn't too concerned with slight cosmetic damage from popping it open and swapping batteries. haven't been brave enough to open up my 5G iPod yet, and probably won't until it dies for one reason or another.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I can not go a few days without a mobile phone and I think that this was a stupid Design on the part of Apple. So they may save a cent per phone or less and over the entire production run will save quite a lot of money but will never come close to paying the legal bills incurred by this bit of penny pinching. Now I realise that Apple wants to force people to only buy their products down to the batteries and have always done so but this is as bad as M$ market Dominance and how M$ manages the market to suit their own ends. In this case Apple is no better than M$ is and they deserve to pay for their mistakes. Personally speaking the only thing that this has brought home is the need not to touch the Apple product. Col

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