SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 30, (AFP): A lawsuit filed in Silicon Valley federal court over the weekend accuses aApple of knowingly selling defective iPhone 6 models with screens that stop responding to touch.
Attorneys representing the three Apple smartphone owners named as plaintiffs in the litigation asked that the case be granted class-action status to represent anyone in the United States who has bought an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.
“This action arises from Apple’s concealment of a material design defect that causes the touchscreens on the iPhones to become unresponsive and fail for their essential purpose as smartphones,” the civil complaint contended.
The lawsuit accused Apple of refusing to repair iPhones free of charge despite knowing that a design flaw was a fault.
Apple did not respond to an AFP request for comment.
According to the lawsuit, chips that handle touchscreen input were not properly secured to logic boards and failed under normal wear-and-tear.
Meanwhile, Apple on Monday sent out invitations to a “special event” on Sept 7 in San Francisco, where it is expected to unveil a new iPhone model.
In the company’s usual enigmatic style, it provided little more that the date, time and place to the invitation-only gathering set for the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium near San Francisco City Hall.
Apple has maintained a rhythm of introducing updated iPhone models on an annual basis, timing introductions to coincide with the year-end holiday shopping season.
Rumors include talk of an ‘iPhone 7’ that will boast improvements to software, cameras and processing speed along with doing away with jacks for plugging in wired headphones.
California-based Apple could also use the event to showcase updates to other products, such as its smartwatch and laptop computers.