Apple settles iPhone 4 antenna lawsuit: report

Feb 21, 2012
Apple has reached a settlement over a class-action lawsuit filed over the antenna problem which dogged the 2010 launch of its iPhone 4, according to a statement published.

Apple has reached a settlement over a class-action lawsuit filed over the antenna problem which dogged the 2010 launch of its iPhone 4, according to a statement published.

Apple promises to pay $15 or give a free case to every US customer who bought one of the popular phones released in June 2010, but immediately faced problems with voice calls, the CNET tech website reported.

The problem was identified as being due to people gripping the smartphone by part of the lower left corner, strangling through the silver edging designed as part of the .

"This settlement relates to a small number of customers who indicated that they experienced antenna or reception issues with their , and didn't want to take advantage of a free case from Apple when it was being offered in 2010," Apple told CNET in a written statement.

But Ira Rothken, a lead attorney in the class-action case, said more than 21 million 4 owners were eligible for the payout, adding that the free case offer lasted for three months.

"We believe that the 4 settlement is fair, adequate, and reasonable," Rothken told CNET.

"We believe that it allows members of the class to choose, and they can get $15 of cash or a bumper, so we believe that type of choice is proportional to the circumstances."

Under the settlement, eligible customers should get an e-mail from Apple some time in April, and will have 120 days to apply for the $15. A website, iPhone4Settlement.com, has been set up but is not yet activated, CNET said.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation of the settlement, or the statement given to CNET.

Explore further: No fumbling, just tap, say Moto X tattoo all-stars (w/ Video)

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Apple again delays white iPhone 4 debut

Jul 23, 2010

Apple said Friday it is postponing the launch of a white version of its new iPhone 4 smartphone to later this year, due to manufacturing problems, leaving customers with only a black option.

Apple goes low-tech to solve iPhone woes

Jul 18, 2010

Seeking to quell the fuss over reception on the new iPhone, Apple is applying a low-tech solution to a high-tech problem. The California gadget-maker is hoping a 29-dollar rubber-and-plastic case will put an end to the debate over the antenna on what A ...

Apple 'stunned' to find iPhones show too many bars

Jul 02, 2010

(AP) -- Apple Inc. said Friday that it was "stunned" to find that its iPhones have for years been using a "totally wrong" formula to determine how many bars of signal strength they are getting.

Recommended for you

Xbox One update is big on friends, Blu-ray 3D support

Jul 21, 2014

An Xbox One August update is arriving for early-access users. Microsoft said, "We're looking forward to hearing feedback on features before we roll them out to all Xbox One consoles next month and beyond." ...

User comments : 0