Apple To Pay $53 Million In Class-Action Lawsuit Settlement For Faulty Liquid Sensors

A liquid damage indicator inside an iPhone.

A liquid damage indicator inside an iPhone.

Apple has agreed to pay $53 million to settle its class-action lawsuit from customers. The iPhone maker used faulty moisture indicators in both iPhones and iPods that resulted in customers’ warranty claims getting denied.

Depending on which iPhone model you’ve own, you may be eligible to receive $300 in damages from Apple, according to the federal court documents that were filed in San Francisco.

The court found that Apple’s liquid submersion indicators on iPhones and iPods could be erroneously triggered by moisture during everyday use. The faulty sensors voided the warranty of thousands of iPhones and iPods after falsely indicating that owners had damaged them by water spills or submersion.

Any customer whose warranty claims for an iPhone was denied before December 31st, 2009 on the basis of water damage, are eligible to receive settlement funds. iPod Touch users who were denied a similar claim before June 2010 are also eligible to receive damages from Apple.

  • 1BigDaddyOBoy

    How about the sensors on the MacBook Pro’s? My son’s MBP crapped out and when we brought it to the Genius Bar they claimed the moisture sensors were all shot and they wouldn’t cover the motherboard replacement. My son said it had never been wet, but how do you argue when they claimed that seven or eight indicators were positive? Are the indicators in the iPhone/iPods the same as in the MBP’s?

  • Robert X

    I thought this was reported a while ago?

  • Robert X

    How about the sensors on the MacBook Pro’s? My son’s MBP crapped out and when we brought it to the Genius Bar they claimed the moisture sensors were all shot and they wouldn’t cover the motherboard replacement. My son said it had never been wet, but how do you argue when they claimed that seven or eight indicators were positive? Are the indicators in the iPhone/iPods the same as in the MBP’s?

    Your son probably lied. I believe they are different by the way.

About the author

Buster HeinBuster Hein is Cult of Mac's Senior News Editor and lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Twitter: @bst3r.

(sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)| Read more posts by .

Posted in News | Tagged: , , , |