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Apple sued for iPhone “Touch Disease”

by Todd Haselton | August 29, 2016August 29, 2016 12:20 pm PST


Last week, iFixit published a “Touch Disease” report detailing widespread issues with touchscreens on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The report named one shop that apparently sees as many as 100 people per week with a specific issue, wherein the touchscreen becomes unresponsive and there’s a flickering bar at the top of the screen. Apple now faces a lawsuit.

Reuters said on Monday that a nationwide class-action lawsuit has been filed against Apple, accusing Apple of knowing about the problem but continuing to sell the smartphones to customers anyway. “The iPhones are not fit for the purpose of use as smartphones because of the touchscreen defect,” the lawsuit says, according to Reuters.

The lawsuit didn’t specify what it wants Apple to repay in damages but, according to Reuters, it “accuses Apple of fraud and violating California consumer protection laws.”

Apple customers can visit a nearby Apple store for repairs, though Apple usually charges a fee. If this issue becomes more widespread, perhaps it will fix the phones for free.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...