Judge doubts whether anyone cares about exact iPhone pixel count

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the notch on the iPhone x
Does the notch take away precious pixels? Do you care?
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A judge set to rule on a lawsuit claiming Apple misrepresented iPhone screen size and pixel count bluntly expressed his opinion in a hearing last week with this: No one cares.

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. took the arguments under submission, meaning he will at some point issue a written ruling over Apple’s request to dismiss.

Plaintiffs Christian Sponchiado and Courtney Davis allege Apple mislead customers of the iPhone 10, XS and XS Max by overstating the number of sub-pixels. Their lawsuit claims Apple sought “unjust enrichment” by not accounting for the cut-out notch or rounded corners in its screen resolution claims, according to the legal affairs news site <em>Law360.

During a hearing requested by Apple to dismiss the case, attorney Tiffany Chueng said Apple makes “multiple disclosures” on the packaging for devices.

Gilliam doubts whether people are quibbling over a few lost pixels.

“There doesn’t really seem to be anyone in America who seems concerned about it,” Gilliam said.

The notch on the later iPhones has drawn a lot of discussion from critics who say it detracts from iPhone design. Users have grown accustomed to the cutout, which houses the front-facing camera, and several competitors have adopted notches on their smartphone screens.

Source: Law360