For those of you who bought an iPhone, do you feel misled over the battery and the fact that you must send your phone off to Apple when the battery needs replaced? There’s a group of people who feel that Apple didn’t make it clear that the built-in battery can’t be replaced by the customer until after the phone launched. One person in particular, Jose Trujillo of Cook County Illinois, has filed a class-action lawsuit. Is this just another frivolous lawsuit that is so common these days, or a legitimate concern?
The battery replacement process is by no means cheap or convenient. It will end up costing users $79 for the replacement battery along with a $6.95 shipping charge. Then if you want a loaner phone while your battery is being replaced, you’ll have to pay an additional $30. In the lawsuit, the claim is that the battery will be completely dead at 300 charges, however, Apple says that the battery will last much more than 300 charges. In fact, Apple says that the battery “is designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity after 400 full charge and discharge cycles.”
The fact that the iPhone hasn’t even been out for 300 days tells me that there’s no way to know if the phone will be completely dead after 300 full charges and discharges as the lawsuit claims. It’ll definitely be interesting to see what the judge says about this one. I still am wondering though, why on Earth didn’t Steve Jobs think to design a phone with a battery that could be replaced by the user. I’d think there’d have to be a good reason, but I haven’t heard it yet. Any ideas?
Source: Beta News