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Sufferers of iPhone 6’s ‘Touch Disease’ may soon have a class action lawsuit

iphone-6s-plus-5 iPhones around the world are dying in a peculiar way, and Apple isn’t doing right by affected users, asserts a lawsuit filed over the weekend. The plaintiffs are three in number for now, but hope to elevate the case to class action status. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

August 29th

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Bizarre Beijing ruling says iPhone 6 copies Chinese phone, Apple must halt sales

Bloomberg reports a Beijing Intellectual Property Office ruling that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus violate the design patent of a Chinese phone, and that Apple must cease sales of both models within the city.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus infringe on Shenzhen Baili’s patent rights because of similarities to its 100C phone, the Beijing Intellectual Property Office wrote in its decision. Apple, whose iconic gadgets helped define the modern smartphone industry, didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Bizarre intellectual property rulings are not unusual in China – witness Apple losing the exclusive right to the iPhone trademark there last month – but this one does appear to set a new record, as the iPhone 6 looks nothing like the Baili 100C …

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Baili 100C, Beijing Intellectual Property Office, china, iPhone 6, Lawsuit

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Ben Lovejoy

June 17th

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Prototype iPhone 6 with ‘SwitchBoard’ operating system & red Lightning port hits eBay

Every so often we see a prototype Apple product hit eBay and go for an astronomical amount of money. Today, a “vintage” iPhone 6 prototype with a red Lightning connector has surfaced on eBay. The listing just went up earlier today and has a starting price of $4,999. But expect it to go for much higher than that.

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Chance Miller

May 24th

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Apple releases iOS 9.3.1 for iPhone and iPad, addresses crashing bugs when tapping links

Apple has released iOS 9.3.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The bug fix update to iOS 9.3, released last week, contains a crucial improvement for iOS users: it addresses the widespread issue where apps (and sometimes the whole OS) would crash or hangs when tapping links.

We’ll update the post if we spot anything else notable, although the Release Notes do not suggest anything else has changed …

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: bug fixes, iOS, iOS 9.3, iOS 9.3.1, iPad, iPhone 6, iPhone SE, performance, Software Update

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Benjamin Mayo

March 31st

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Here’s how Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone SE compares to the rest of the lineup

Small iPhone fans, rejoice! Apple has finally updated its 4-inch iPhone for the first time since the iPhone 5s in 2013. Dubbed the iPhone SE, Apple’s 2016 4-inch iPhone could pass for the iPhone 5s if you weren’t looking too close (save for the rose gold version), but how does it compare to its predecessor as well as the rest of the current iPhone lineup? We break it down below:

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Zac Hall

March 22nd

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An iPhone Is the Latest Thing to Catch Fire on a Plane

Lithium-ion batteries and aircraft have some bad blood: Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners were grounded three years ago because of battery fires, the FAA banned all lithium batteries in hold luggage , and now an innocent iPhone has caused a fire on an Alaska Air flight.

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Chris Mills

March 21st

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Poll: If the rumors are true, will the redesigned antenna lines transform the iPhone 7’s looks?

Let’s face it, whatever anyone thinks about the rest of the iPhone 6/6s design, those antenna lines running across the back of the phone have never been popular.

The need for them resulted from Apple’s decision to switch to an all-aluminum casing. Radio signals can’t pass through the metal, so Apple broke up the casing with two plastic strips which are transparent to radio signals.

If the latest claimed chassis images are genuine, this is a design issue Apple aims to fix for the iPhone 7

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Ben Lovejoy

March 14th

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Entire March issue of Bon Appétit magazine shot exclusively on iPhones

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Popular foodie magazine Bon Appétit today revealed that it shot all of the images for its March print issue with an iPhone. The team behind the magazine detailed the process in a post on its website, explaining that instead of using traditional DSLRs like they normally do for print issues, they used iPhones for all of the photography.

Each photographer gave their respective thoughts on the process during an interview, with many of them expressing shock when the decision was revealed to them. Some of them even had to upgrade from older generation iPhones to something more modern. “I needed to upgrade from an iPhone 5 to a 6S, and I had never used anything like it to shoot something for print, so it wasn’t just me putting faith in the phone, but also in the magazine’s idea,” photographer Matt Haas said.

Several of the photographers noted that ditching their traditional camera gear made for a much more liberating experience. Some of them purchased accessories for the iPhone camera, including various lenses, tripod adapters, and even selfie sticks.

One of the photographers, Daymon Gardner, had the following to say on the experience:

“We found an adapter that would click the iPhone onto a tripod. Then, because the iPhone lens is approximately equivalent to a 35 mm lens on a DSLR, we bought a few accessory lenses, one of which made the camera more like a normal lens of around 50 mm. Another was a wide-angle and the third was so good for close-up shots, it would’ve been better suited for taking photos of ants.”

Regarding the overall experience shooting with an iPhone compared to a DSLR, Gardner noted that it kept the entire process “really conversational and loose”. Likewise, Michael Graydon expressed that shooting with an iPhone is the ultimate release of the DSLR associated ego:

“I’ve been a photographer for about 20 years, and I’ve been through 8×10 cameras, film—you name it. In the past, the bigger and scarier-looking the camera you pulled out, the more intense and professional you looked. Now, you have to let go of the ego you attach to the tool, and the iPhone is the ultimate expression of that.”

While the photographers noted differing opinions on the process in the end, they generally agreed that the iPhone has a more than respectable camera. “I can’t quite accomplish the depth of field that I want, even when I do the thing where you touch the screen on the subject and move the slider up,” Gardner noted. “I still prefer to shoot with my Canon, but Mardi Gras just started here in New Orleans, and I’ll definitely have my iPhone with me.”

Haas expressed similar sentiments. “It’s not like I’m going to start doing all my projects with my cell phone, but now I definitely use it more for Instagram,” he said.

Apple has long touted the camera capabilities of the iPhone. The company launched an award-winning ad campaign focused on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus camera, and even brought the campaign back recently for the iPhone 6s. The iPhone 7 is excepted to take Apple even further ahead in the camera space, perhaps even incorporating a dual-camera setup.


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Chance Miller

February 16th

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Whatever You Do, Don’t Set Your iPhone To 1970

The tech world loves their Easter eggs, from Adventure’s original hidden feature to Tesla’s various car tricks . But don’t fall for the recent claims for one hidden in your iPhone: if you attempt it, you’ll brick your device.

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Andrew Liptak

February 13th

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Law firm follows through with plan to file class action suit against Apple over ‘Error 53’

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Earlier this month, Apple acknowledged an issue referred to as “Error 53” that causes iPhone 6 units with home buttons repaired by a third-party to potentially be bricked with software updates. Shortly after Apple acknowledged the issue, a Seattle-based law firm announce that it was considering filing a class action lawsuit against Apple for forcing people to use the company’s own repair outlet, which is often more expensive. Now, the law firm PCVA has officially filed the case with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

In a press release announcing the lawsuit, PCVA stated that the first goal of the suit is to get all affected customers “re-outfitted” with working phones “without the overwhelming costs” that they are facing right now.

The lawyer behind the case, Darrell Cochran, states in the release that while Apple claims the Error 53 is put in place as a security measure, that logic doesn’t add up due to it being implemented following software updates. Cochran argues that Apple needs to inform users of the risks associated with installing a software update, which is ultimately how Error 53 has come to affect users.

“If security was the primary concern, then why did the phones work just fine, sometimes for several months, without the software update,” Cochran asked. “Error 53 only rears its ugly head when downloading a newer version of Apple’s operating system.”

Finally, Cochran notes of how lax Apple has been in its response to the Error 53 issue. The company issued a statement last week saying that Error 53 is put in place as a security measure, but not offering a specific why for people to fix their bricked devices.

It’s not out of the ordinary for class action suits to be filed against Apple. Recently the company has been hit with suits relating to iOS 9 performance on older devices and two different ones relating to mobile data charges.

The full press release from PCVA can be seen below:

SEATTLE, WA – Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC (PCVA), a nationally respected trial law firm, filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple, Inc. in federal court today in response to Apple’s “Error 53” iPhone controversy.

Apple has been under fire for its policy of permanently disabling (a practice referred to as “bricking”) iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units that have had their fingerprint sensors damaged or had hardware replaced by third-party repair stores. The phones are bricked after users install a phone update. Once bricked the phone is essentially useless. “Error 53” refers to the message displayed to users who are no longer able to use their phones after installing the update.

“The first objective is to get all the affected iPhone customers re-outfitted with working phones, and without the overwhelming costs that thousands of people are facing right now with error 53 codes and bricked phones,” said Darrell Cochran, lead attorney for the class action lawsuit. “That will provide immediate relief to the consumers and, in the end, it will also help Apple,” Cochran said.

Apple representatives have claimed the policy of disabling phones was a security measure to protect users from having their personal data compromised. But PCVA attorney Cochran doesn’t buy into Apple’s security safeguard explanations.

“If security was the primary concern, then why did the phones work just fine, sometimes for several months, without the software update,” Cochran asked. “Error 53 only rears its ugly head when downloading a newer version of Apple’s operating system.”

Cochran said Apple’s failure to give a warning about the consequences of its update on phones, including the loss of all information in the phone, has consumers crying foul.

“No materials we’ve seen from Apple ever show a disclosure that your phone would self-destruct if you download new software onto a phone,” Cochran said. “If Apple wants to kill your phone under any set of circumstances and for any reason, it has to make it crystal clear to its customers before the damage is done.”

Compounding the problem, according to Cochran, is how disagreeable Apple’s reaction to the problem has been. “The error code 53 signals the death of the phone, and Apple’s response has been to say ‘you have no options; it’s not covered under warranty, and you have to buy a new phone.’”

If you’ve been a victim of Apple’s Error 53, contact the team of attorneys at PCVA to help hold Apple responsible for its wrongdoing.

For more information about PCVA, visit the firm’s website, http://www.pcvalaw.com.


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Chance Miller

February 12th

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