Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Apple sued for Defective iPhone Power Button

We might be on the verge of a new "antennagate" incident for Apple, this time related to the iPhone 4 power button. Apple is being sued over faulty power buttons on the iPhone 4, which make it stop working roughly about a year of normal use - leaving it just out of the one year warranty period in several countries.

Apple is accused of knowing that there is a real problem with the power button mechanism, but that it kept quiet and did nothing while people bought it with 2 year contracts on operators like AT&T. Making its customers pay upwards of $99 to get it fixed, or resort to "assistive touch" features to use a virtual lock button and learn to live without a physical power button.

If the following YouTube video might serve as an indication, there are over 800,000 people that saw "how to fix the iPhone 4 power button". And I suspect that the same thing might happen even in newer iPhones (a friend of mine has alreade faced identical problems in both his iPhone 4S and iPhone 5!)

Is Apple about to face a new "power-button-gate" incident? Or... how do you feel about a $500-600 device failing due to poor engineering of the tiny mechanism responsible for the power button?

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