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Report: Apple To Pay $53M in iPhone Settlement

6:56 AM, Apr 12, 2013   |    comments
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William M. Welch, USA TODAY


Apple is agreeing to a $53 million settlement in a class action suit charging the company failed to honor warranties on iPhones and iPod Touches, Wired reports.

The agreement provides cash payments to potentially hundreds of thousands of customers who say Apple was unwilling to repair or replace faulty phones under one or two-year warranties, the magazine said.

It said the settlement is to be filed in court in San Francisco and is subject to a judge's approval, Wired reported. It said Apple's chief litigation counsel, Noreen Krall, signed the agreement Wednesday. Apple admited no wrongdoing.

Affected devices include the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and the first-, second and third-generation iPod Touch. Individual payments are to be about $200 but could be less or more depending on the number of claims, Wired said.

Various lawsuits charge that Apple declined to honor warranties if a white indicator tape embedded in the phone had turned pink or red, indicating moisture. However, the tape's maker, 3M, said humidity, not water contact, could have caused the color to at least turn pink, Wired reported.

Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment.



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