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Apple Settles Class Action Suit for Waterlogged Phones

Apple has agreed to pay $53 million in settlement charges that stemmed from a class-action lawsuit against Apple for denying claims on waterlogged phones.

Apple claimed the devices were waterlogged because of a small strip of paper called LCI (Liquid Contact Indicator) inside the phone which turns pink if the device comes in contact with water. This sounds great in theory, but the manufacturer of the strip 3M, claims it’s very possible that this can also be caused by heat and humidity. For a long time, Apple would deny a claim if the Genius checked the phone and found the strip had changed colour.

Recently Apple had announced that they would no longer rule out replacement if the customer disputes the LCI had been triggered.

The class-action suit only applies to the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and the first 3 generations of iPod touch to the tune of around $200 per device. This is probably as close as we will come to see Apple admitting there was a problem, and at $200 per device, it should satisfy the majority of claimants.

Source: Wired

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