A federal judge ruled that Apple was presumed to have intentionally sold defective MacBook Pro devices, in response to a class action lawsuit against the company.
The lawsuit was filed due to the MacBook Pro’s Stage Light bug, as the backlight takes on the appearance of stage lighting under the screen before it fails completely later.
The judge has not ruled that Apple did so, but when he decides that the case qualifies, he presumes in law that the allegations are true.
The judge said: The court will also look into allegations that Apple has deleted forum posts complaining about the problem.
Apple initially refused warranty repairs to affected devices, prior to the establishment of the a program Service screen backlighting to address it in the 13-inch model, but excluded the 15-inch model.
The plaintiffs in the class-action claim that Apple continued to sell 15-inch models it knew were susceptible to the bug, without warning consumers.
A California federal judge curtailed the proposed class-action lawsuit against Apple, but allowed it to continue.
The lawsuit says: Apple has concealed screen defects via its 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops.
Judge (Edward Davila) decided that consumer claims that Apple had conducted extensive testing prior to release sufficiently proved that Apple was aware of the alleged defect.
The judge added that consumer complaints about the alleged screen defect should have brought the company ready to solve the problem.
In his opinion, the judge wrote: The court found that prior test allegations combined with claims of large customer complaints were sufficient to demonstrate that Apple had exclusive knowledge of the alleged defect.
The iFixit platform found that the problem was that Apple used a much thinner ribbon cable in the affected models, and this resulted in the cable rupture, which initially appeared as a Stage Light issue, where constant wear caused the backlight to fail completely.
The company found that the cable itself only cost $ 6 to replace, but the design made that impossible, as Apple designed the cables as part of the screen in an apparent effort to make the screen as thin as possible, making it non-replaceable.
This means that when those cables start to wear out, the entire screen, rather than the smaller cables, has to be replaced, turning a $ 6 problem into a $ 600 disaster.
The lawsuit also accuses Apple of deleting the official support community posts complaining about this problem, and Apple does not appear to have denied this, and instead argued that this had nothing to do with the case, and the judge disagreed, saying that this would provide more. Of the evidence that Apple knows about the flawed design.