The front and back panels of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S aren’t the hardiest of materials — the fact that they’re so scratch resistant makes them a little prone to shattering. Everyone knows the story of someone who dropped their iPhone a foot onto a hard surface, and had the thing explode on them. However, a court has ruled that this isn’t enough cause for a class action suit.
A federal judge in San Jose threw out the suit, saying “it is a well known fact of life that glass can break under impact,” and that the claimants hadn’t shown Apple to violate consumer protection laws in California, or breach warranty.
The suit alleged that the glass on the iPhone 4 broke at an 82% higher rate than previous versions, and Apple’s claims of durability were misleading. The judge didn’t agree, saying
A “reasonable consumer” viewing a commercial showing the iPhone 4 in use as a phone, but without a cover, would not be misled to believe that the iPhone 4 could withstand any particular level of impact if the phone was dropped.
However, the plaintiffs are now free to amend the complaint showing exactly how Apple deceived them.