Apple sued over defective iMac displays

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Apple is facing a new class-action lawsuit claiming the companyÂ?s iMac displays start to show unwanted vertical lines, which Apple is refusing to fix under warranty.



Florida resident Aram Hovsepian filed the 13-page complaint in a Northern California court last week on behalf of himself and "thousands" of other customers who purchased iMacs with the "latent defect."



According to the suit, faulty transistors and/or connections are causing the vertical lines to appear.Â* Hovsepian alleges Apple is aware of the problem and thus is committing consumer fraud through its negligence in addressing the issue.



Â?Apple failed to warn consumers about the common design and manufacturing defects with iMac display screens,Â? the complaint says.Â* Â?Instead Apple remained silent knowing its iMac display screens would malfunction while consumers purchased iMacs, made warranty claims arising from the vertical lines on the display screens, and made out of warranty repairs related to the vertical line problem.Â?



Attorneys for Hovsepian are seeking compensatory damages in the form of reimbursement plus interest for the faulty hardware, along with attorneysÂ? fees and expenses.Â*



The complaint further alleges that the one-year display warranties are Â?invalid and not enforceable."







Â?Apple has wrongfully denied warranty claims as untimely or based on other grounds despite the root cause of the vertical lines being a manufacturing and/or design defect,Â? the complaint says.







The lawsuit does not specify the iMac model(s) alleged to have the display defect, but implies that the issue plagues models sold in both 2006 and 2008.Â*Â*The last major overhaul of AppleÂ?s iMac line came in mid-2007, with the now-familiar aluminum body and black-rimmed display design.
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  • Reply 1 of 49
    I would love to join this suit but being in Australia rules me out.



    Mine became completely unusable.
  • Reply 2 of 49
    Quote:

    but implies that the issue plagues models sold in both 2006 and 2008



    What about those sold in 2007? I want to know if I am at risk...
  • Reply 3 of 49
    1. Buy AppleCare and get Apple to fix your machine whenever it breaks.



    2. Sell your Mac when it is 2.8 years old and buy a new one.



    3. Goto 1.
  • Reply 4 of 49
    bdkennedy1bdkennedy1 Posts: 1,459member
    Uh yeah, that's definitely not acceptable.



    And frankly I think that Applecare warranty sucks. People pay a premium for Macs as it is. Apple's nickel and diming everything is going to come back and bite them in the ass.
  • Reply 5 of 49
    teckstudteckstud Posts: 6,476member
    WTF is that? Those cat's eyes are buggin' out!
  • Reply 6 of 49
    teckstudteckstud Posts: 6,476member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bdkennedy1 View Post


    And frankly I think that Applecare warranty sucks. People pay a premium for Macs as it is. Apple's nickel and diming everything is going to come back and bite them in the ass.



    That ass has been chewed for years.
  • Reply 7 of 49
    bongobongo Posts: 158member
    My iMac had this problem once, and was out of warranty.



    A friend, who is an electrical engineer was able to fix this problem. The problem was basically with the cable from the Mac itself to the display (i.e. the display was fine), and sloppy work on a connection.



    If the problem with my iMac was this problem (and there is no evidence to the contrary), Apple could fix every Mac with this problem very easily.
  • Reply 8 of 49
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bdkennedy1 View Post


    Uh yeah, that's definitely not acceptable.



    And frankly I think that Applecare warranty sucks. People pay a premium for Macs as it is. Apple's nickel and diming everything is going to come back and bite them in the ass.



    AppleCare is incredible. They replace everything, for free, no questions asked. I have had 2 entire computers replaced by apple for very minor issues (and sometimes software, not hardware issues). AppleCare is the best computer warranty I've ever seen, the only company that I know that beats it is Logitech.
  • Reply 9 of 49
    mystigomystigo Posts: 145member
    I have the original Intel 17" iMac with 5 vertical lines on it as of today. The first one appeared 6 months out of warranty. I called Apple soon after the first one appeared, and they would not help me. I didn't expect them to, but once in a while I have had them do out-of-warranty work for me so I thought I'd give it a try.



    By the time the 4th line appeared, I went out and bought a new HP2003 monitor and the special cable that Apple makes to hook it up to the iMac. That was expensive to do, but not nearly as expensive as replacing the screen.



    As for the poster who mentioned AppleCare... I read a lot about this on the web -it is impacting tens of thousands of users at least, and the screens that are being replaced under AppleCare are also malfunctioning in the same way in many cases.



    This was one super defective Apple product -an LCD's lifetime should be measured in years not months. I for one will not buy an iMac again. I am really looking forward to the new MacMini. If it is souped up enough (CPU + graphics) I will not be looking back -or at bright vertical lines anymore.
  • Reply 10 of 49
    mystigomystigo Posts: 145member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bongo View Post


    My iMac had this problem once, and was out of warranty.



    A friend, who is an electrical engineer was able to fix this problem.



    Bongo -what specifically did he do? I am not at all afraid to bust the thing open if there is something useful I can do. did he just clean and reseat stuff, or did he have to replace components?
  • Reply 11 of 49
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    Originally Posted by Mystigo View Post


    As for the poster who mentioned AppleCare... I read a lot about this on the web -it is impacting tens of thousands of users at least, and the screens that are being replaced under AppleCare are also malfunctioning in the same way in many cases.



    That is horrid that it is failing so rampantly. Still, the price of applecare should be factored into the price of the computer; always buy the warranty. It's tempting fate not to, even if the computer is built incredibly well. If the computer is built poorly, then you send it in 3 times in a year, or 5 times over lifetime, and you get a new computer.



    For when your computer is in the shop, ask to speak to a manager about purchasing a "refreshed" computer. It's basically an open-box computer that you purchase at full price, then return within 14 days with no restocking fee (since it is already open-box) and full refund. Use time machine to turn the new machine into a clone of your old one, and you're good to go.
  • Reply 12 of 49
    l008coml008com Posts: 163member
    I find it impossible to believe that apple is refusing to fix computers that have this problem, and are under warranty.
  • Reply 13 of 49
    elrothelroth Posts: 1,201member
    Come on, everyone, Steve's sick - don't add stress to his life by complaining about little screen defects. Just buy a new Mac.



    Seriously, though, I assume the new iMacs will be LEDs, which won't have the screen issues that have plagued the last generation (or two) of iMacs. I have a first generation iMac G5 that's never had a screen problem (over 4 years old). I don't know why Apple's newer designs have all the screen issues - because they made too many compromises to make them thinner?
  • Reply 14 of 49
    aaarrrggghaaarrrgggh Posts: 1,608member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mystigo View Post


    I have the original Intel 17" iMac with 5 vertical lines on it as of today. The first one appeared 6 months out of warranty. I called Apple soon after the first one appeared, and they would not help me....



    That's your first mistake. Go into the store. If at first you don't succeed, go to a second store. Repeat.



    If you really want to make it happen, work yourself into a rage before hand-- get really angry about this problem and how it has affected you. Spend at least an hour whipping it up. Then, go into the store when it is crowded, ask to talk to the manager, and try your hardest to express yourself without attacking the person you are talking to.



    Based on how effectively they defused me one time, I am sure they have training in this and will do what it takes to make you happy and not cause a scene in the store. (If you do actually cause a scene, all bets are off; nothing gets done that way!)
  • Reply 15 of 49
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    Originally Posted by l008com View Post


    I find it impossible to believe that apple is refusing to fix computers that have this problem, and are under warranty.



    That's not what the suit is about if I'm reading this correctly. My understanding is that Apple won't fix out-of-warranty, and that's what the suit is about, considering that they allege that "the one-year display warranties are ?invalid and not enforceable."" That claim is complete bogus, and the suit will fail. honestly, i don't know why appleinsider is reporting this suit without a clause mentioning how retarded the suit is.
  • Reply 16 of 49
    i have a 17" iMac 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo iMac...



    No Apple Care.



    After about 20 months the dreaded lines appeared. (i pretty much knew what this meant as a friend as a 17" G4 PowerBook with the same thing http://eicolab.com.au/2008/07/24/bri...ley-powerbook/ ).



    My iMac didn't fall within the serial numbers that Apple oh so graciously decided had the defect.



    Knowing how Apple treat "known issues" (i.e. censor, edit or erase their discussion forums if those pesky customers are getting on their nerves!)



    i called them up and eventually i was able to speak to someone who could make a decision, and after much pleading (a shameful amount) they made an exception and they logged my serial number so it came up as non-chargeable repair when i took it in.



    All fixed.



    i'm the last person to praise Apple (i just use them because of the software i use and the interface...all the wanky hipness doesn't appeal to me whatsoever...) but at least someone on the phone was able to help me out, there an then.



    But all in all, they should be far more accommodating and supportive. Not everyone can afford Applecare after spending £750+ on a computer. And if you're buying a premium product you certainly don't expect hundreds of users to have the same issue with what is fundamentally a design or manufacturing flaw...!





    They should acknowledge issues far earlier, and not slyly brush them under the carpet, washing over them with their glitzy propaganda and knowing ignorance.
  • Reply 17 of 49
    I hope apple loose, than I have a chance of replacement - even in Germany. It is the same product and other judges will follow...
  • Reply 18 of 49
    teckstudteckstud Posts: 6,476member
    Never had a problem in 3 years with my 20" white iMac with its gorgeous matte screen.
  • Reply 19 of 49
    jeffdmjeffdm Posts: 12,951member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by davebarnes View Post


    1. Buy AppleCare and get Apple to fix your machine whenever it breaks.



    2. Sell your Mac when it is 2.8 years old and buy a new one.



    3. Goto 1.



    I do wish Apple had longer stock warranties, but AppleCare is a very nice service.





    I have no problem with keeping a Mac for longer than three years, though I've generally needed to sell for money or needed to upgrade for specific uses anyway.
  • Reply 20 of 49
    eriamjheriamjh Posts: 1,366member
    20" iMac 2Ghz Core Duo purchased Feb 2006: No issues to date. Contemplating a 1TB upgrade...
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