Are you the owner of an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S? Have you ever noticed that the power button can be a bit “wiggly”? While this may not seem like a big deal to most users (heck, my iPhone 5 power button wiggles and I didn’t even notice until just now!) two iPhone owners in California filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming that the alleged faulty sleep/wake buttons were potentially harmful to the safety of the owners.
Below is the “safety” argument presented by the plaintiffs.
Thus, every time [Plaintiffs] or another owner of a defective iPhone 4 or iPhone 4s brings the device on an airplane, unless the individual has thought ahead and gone through the inconvenience and time required to allow the battery to drain, the defect causes potential interference with ‘communications, navigation, flight control, and electronic equipment’ in the airplane. The defect thus presents a safety hazard not only to the owner, but to everyone else on the airplane, as well as potentially people on the ground.
It certainly seems like this is a stretch to call it a safety issue. I don’t know of anyone else that has complained about this particular issue, and apparently the judge wasn’t buying it either. The judge has tossed out the case, but there will be a chance to amend the filing by September 14.
Do you think this is a legitimate lawsuit against Apple, or is it just someone looking for litigation against the company? Have you encountered this issue with your iPhone 4 or 4S? Drop a comment below and let us know what you think!