A Californian iPhone 4 owner has filed a class action suit against Apple over the quality of its gorilla glass screen.
Donald LeBuhn of Los Angeles has claimed that Apple failed to warn customers ‘that the gorilla glass is defective’ and deliberately shipped the iPhone 4 despite knowing about its design flaws.
The allegation comes after LeBuhn’s iPhone 4’s screen reportedly cracked from a fall at the hands of his daughter roughly three feet off the ground, which he said never, happened with his older iPhone 3GS.
LeBuhn’s attorney stated: “Months after selling millions of iPhone 4s, Apple has failed to warn and continues to sell this product with no warning to customers that the glass housing is defective.”
Apple claims on its website that the aluminosilicate glass, also known as gorilla glass, is the “same type of glass used in the windscreens of helicopters and high speed trains” and is “chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic”.
Naturally, given Apple’s own product description the iPhone 4 should indeed be more resistant to a drop than a creaking 3GS. But whether or not LeBuhn will be able to prove that there is an inherent flaw with the gorilla glass design is a whole new matter.
Warranties firm SquareTrade published a damning report last year after reviewing 20,000 claims from iPhone customers, that revealed iPhone 4 is 68 per cent more susceptible to damage than the iPhone 3GS with a staggering 82 per cent more reports of the iPhone 4’s screen being damaged in the first four months than the 3GS.
LeBuhn’s lawsuit is seeking an injunction on Apple to reimburse all customers affected by similar situations. The case continues.