Apple is being sued over 'defective' Apple Watch

Apple is being sued over 'defective' Apple Watch

For what it's worth, Apple has acknowledged that the battery on some Apple Watch units can experience swelling and, in turn, can cause a screen to detach from the body of the device. The lawsuit is seeking $5 million.

As was first noted on Thursday by Patently Apple, Apple has been hit with a new class action lawsuit that says every single version of the Apple Watch (Series 0 to Series 3) is defective in its design, as the smartwatches are prone to displays that can shatter, crack, or become dislodged from the rest of the body "through no fault of the wearer". As a result, it extended its limited warranty for qualifying Series 0 Watches from one year to three years.

Apple Watch hasn't been without fault. Despite that knowledge, Apple persistently denied "any widespread issue" with Apple Watches, the lawsuit notes. AppleInsider has service data collated on every model of Apple Watch from release, similar to the data we have collected on the iPhone and Mac lines.

"Apple knew that the Watches were defective at or before the time it began selling them to the public", claims [PDF] Sciacca, who wants $5m from Apple and is looking for others to join the lawsuit. "They can pay over $200 to fix an already expensive Watch; they can purchase AppleCare+ for at least $49 (and then pay an additional $69 service fee for each incident); they can purchase a new Apple Watch; or they can simply not use their Watch". Indeed, even the Series 2 saw an expanded battery issue.

It further alleges that Apple was aware of the defect from the start, and has a policy of refusing to honor warranty claims for the issue. This is mentioned in the lawsuit, potentially since a cracked screen could theoretically be one result of a swollen battery. Filed in California, the lawsuit is for a relatively small amount - $5 million - but seeks class certification on behalf of all Apple Watch owners and is attempting to raise awareness of Apple's alleged efforts to hide the defect from customers.

According to the lawsuit, Apple has repeatedly denied these charges, and concealed the flaw.

Just over a year later, in March 2018, the watch screen "unexpectedly detached from the Watch's body shortly after he removed the watch from its charger".

Apple Watch owners have always been complaining of swollen batteries.