There have been a few cases against the Cupertino tech giant which say that the company has not honored the warranties of its iPhones and iPod Touch devices. And to get done with this class action accusation, the company has agreed to pay $53 million. The agreement to pay the said amount of money will be submitted to the San Francisco federal court in the coming weeks. You can get a .PDF copy of the document from here.
According to the document, the company will be declaring pay outs to literally hundreds of thousands of customers who did not have their iPhones and iPod Touches serviced under warranty by the Apple Store employees. And this includes all the users under the standard Apple one year warranty and the extended two year warranty. It is said that the company would just reject the warranty claims. “Apple chief litigation counsel Noreen Krall signed the agreement Wednesday. Apple admits no wrongdoing in the settlement, which needs a judge’s approval,” writes Wired.
“According to several lawsuits combined in San Francisco, no matter what the problem, Apple refused to honor warranties if a white indicator tape embedded in the phone near the headphone or charging portals had turned pink or red. However, the tape’s maker, 3M, said humidity, and not water contact, could have caused the color to at least turn pink.”
The devices included in the class action include the first generation, or the original iPhone, the iPhone 3G, the iPhone 3GS, and the first, second, and the third generation iPod Touches. The cash payouts average to around $200, but the pay out may go down than or even double depending on the number of claims.
There has been no official word on this from the Cupertino tech giant. But if anything, we will keep you updated.