Hi-Tech

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.


  • Dr. Virginia Apgar on Google Doodle

    Dr. Virginia Apgar on Google Doodle

    Apgar graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in the United States with flying colours. Apgar became interested in the field of medicine after several of her family members developed serious health problem.
    Roma not in the race to land Liverpool target Shaqiri

    Roma not in the race to land Liverpool target Shaqiri

    Liverpool were close to signing Shaqiri from Bayern in the summer of 2014 and were the player's preferred option at the time. He has never properly found his feet in England though, scoring just 15 goals in over 80 Premier League appearances.
    MI  coach Beilein says he’s returning to the Wolverines

    MI coach Beilein says he’s returning to the Wolverines

    On Wednesday morning, it was reported that the head coach was considered one of the top candidates to take over the Detroit Pistons .
  • Maynooth U. Retains Its Place In The Top 100 Universities Under 50

    Maynooth U. Retains Its Place In The Top 100 Universities Under 50

    Over 65 million stakeholders will view the rankings on www.topuniversities.com this year, QS said. By coming seventh, the ETH is also the top-placed institute in continental Europe.
    Argentina's Lanzini ruled out of Russia 2018

    Argentina's Lanzini ruled out of Russia 2018

    Lanzini has earned four caps to date and scored his first senior worldwide goal in a 2-0 friendly victory over Italy. Argentina star Manuel Lanzini has been ruled out of the World Cup with a serious knee injury.
    Apple's New Group Facetime Feature Panned On Twitter

    Apple's New Group Facetime Feature Panned On Twitter

    The Beta Software Program is free and simply requires an Apple ID and a little bit of patience. Users can choose which app can show notifications on the lock screen.
  • A gator grabbed her while she was walking her dogs, witnesses say

    A gator grabbed her while she was walking her dogs, witnesses say

    Though the arm was found inside this gator, it is still not clear if this animal is responsible for Matsuki's death. Since 1948, there have been 300 incidents when alligators have bitten people, and 22 have died.
    Jeep reveals 2019 Renegade SUV

    Jeep reveals 2019 Renegade SUV

    Also scheduled for launch in India, the Jeep Renegade will receive a 1.4 liter turbopetrol engine and a 2.0 liter diesel engine. Another addition to the front is the new set of fog lamps on the lower bumper with a clear-lens turn indicator above it.
    Putin: Russia military 'will stay' in Syria - but not long-term

    Putin: Russia military 'will stay' in Syria - but not long-term

    Asked by a young blogger whether the government had plans to shut down Instagram and YouTube, Putin insisted that it does not. Representatives from the Open Society Foundations did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC.
  • Hurricanes May Be Getting Slower, Making Them Even More Destructive

    Hurricanes May Be Getting Slower, Making Them Even More Destructive

    This means the more time they spend above land, the more devastation they can wreak with rainfall and storm-induced damages. Instead, it means the tracks of the storms have slowed, allowing them to hover in one location for longer periods of time.
    It shows the growing severity of the issue

    It shows the growing severity of the issue

    Of the 25 states where the suicide rate increase by more than 30 percent, the most noticeable rises occurred in western states. The CDC said suicides were rarely caused by any single issue. "Essentially every age group other than those over 75".
    California judge recalled over lenient sex assault sentence for Stanford swimmer

    California judge recalled over lenient sex assault sentence for Stanford swimmer

    Judge Persky is white and holds undergraduate degrees from Stanford and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. But those calling for the recall say this is just one of many sentences handed down from Persky that were far too light.