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Faulty power button on the Apple iPhone 4 leads to $5 million suit against Apple

0. phoneArena 15 May 2013, 18:18 posted on

A class action law suit against Apple has been filed under the RICO Act (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act), which is commonly used against corporate gang syndicates, but is also used for Class Action suits; the suit alleges that the power button on the Apple iPhone 4 is designed to stop working once the one-year warranty expires, forcing the owner of the phone to shell out $149 for a repair, or to buy a whole new device...

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posted on 15 May 2013, 20:17 1

26. darkkjedii (Posts: 22038; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Apple you had better hurry up and address this, and it better be done correctly cause this sucks big time.

posted on 15 May 2013, 21:55 1

27. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


hmm...interesting. have had iPhones since the iPhone 4 & never had one issue w/a power button going out. this only tells me that you can't believe everything you see/hear. ppl find creative ways to get money they haven't earned everyday.

posted on 15 May 2013, 21:55

28. skymitch89 (Posts: 1307; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


To me it seems more like the person is trying to make a quick buck, or 5 million. In my opinion, this power button "issue" is more like normal wear and tear on the device instead of an actual defect. If that is the case, then I should sue HTC because once the battery in my Evo Shift was 1.5yrs old it stopped holding a proper charge. I guess that I could say that "they are designed to stop charging after 1.5yrs".

posted on 16 May 2013, 00:17 1

34. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4463; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Buttons and batteries are rated for a certain amount of presses and recharges, respectively. Say a button is rated for 100,000 presses, or a battery is rated for 1,000 charges, that should be enough to get most people to the point where they will upgrade. If they chose parts that would put it just outside the warranty, then that's pretty crappy. Read my post above, I had 2 iPod classics, both had the batteries go out and 1 had the hard drive go out shortly after the 1 year warranty expired. And I didn't even use them that much.

posted on 15 May 2013, 22:15 1

29. biophone (Posts: 1976; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I actually had this problem twice on my iPhone 4. One time Verizon replaced it for free the other Apple replaced it for free. This is a serious problem though and if I had to shell out $150 for repairs I would have been a lot more mad!

posted on 15 May 2013, 22:39 2

30. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I never knew that iPhones have this sort of problem, luckily I didn't own an iPhone!

Phew! That was a close one!

posted on 15 May 2013, 22:57

31. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


im the one whos thumbing you down

posted on 15 May 2013, 22:59 1

32. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


yeah this article is true. the power and home button will stop working after warranty .

just like sony ps3's hard drive! the hard drive will break after warranty!! damn you sony!!!!!

posted on 16 May 2013, 05:44

38. jamil_m7 (Posts: 15; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


it doesn't!

posted on 16 May 2013, 05:44 1

37. jamil_m7 (Posts: 15; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


that is so not true, I hate apple like hate it ! but I've seen my friend carried around iPhone 4 since the launch until the one x arrived and he had no problems what so ever ( I see him every day so I know ) but i remember in that the home button became a little bad to press but still just a little his iPhone was unlocked 32g black one so I don't know about those crappy carrier locked devices you guys are getting.

posted on 16 May 2013, 20:49

41. dragonstkdgirl (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


I've had two iPod classics (versions from the last three or four years) that have each had either the power or center button fail to the point of needing a warranty replacement.

Is this a common Apple issue?

posted on 16 May 2013, 21:29 1

42. wireless_cartel (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 May 2013)


How does this even make sense? How can someone claim that the lock button is made to stop working after a year of use? Everyone's use is different. This is just the outcome of someone who was upset at coincidently having their lock button fail after their one year mark. Obviously if a phone literally has 4 buttons on it they will become overused eventually. I've had the same issue happen to me and it is just something that happens after a while. No hard feelings. They don't advertise the phone as invincible or unbreakable. A phone is a phone and buttons will stop working after a while. Just saying.

posted on 16 May 2013, 21:39

43. spasticpat (Posts: 104; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


I've had my 4S since it came out, never had a problem. I think it depends on use. If Apple is making them faulty on purpose then shame on them, get your money back or they should replace with a new device and they should be held accountable. But I highly doubt they're doing it on purpose. If you're careful with your device and all shouldn't be a problem. I've never had any issues, my brother never had issues with his iPhone 4 and my sister never had issues with her iPhone 4 and they both had theirs 2+ years too. And why does this lady need $5 million? Did her home button going bad cost $5 million to her personally?

posted on 27 May 2013, 12:40

44. Challice (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 May 2013)


More complaints coming out and being posted. Some say as many as 800,000 views on support pages. classlawsuit.com/iphone-4-and-iphone-4s-owners-exp​eriencing-power-button-failure-and-costly-fixes/

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