Apple's lawyers now have another fly to swat after a California man stepped up with a class action lawsuit over the iPhone 4's glass. According to Apple, the glass found on the iPhone 4 is "20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic." Apparently none of this matters when you drop the device on the ground from three feet up.
The plaintiff claims his daughter dropped his three-week old iPhone 4 from that height and the thing busted. In the lawsuit, he claims that "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." His iPhone 3GS survived several similar incidents with no damage, so in his mind, the iPhone 4 should, too.
Whether or not dropping the iPhone constitutes "normal use" may be one thing, and the fact that he was lucky his iPhone 3GS didn't shatter into bits is certainly another. Some reports are referring to the lawsuit as "Glassgate" in a lame shout out to "Antennagate" and "Watergate," which took the country by storm in 2010 and 1972 respectively. Apple has no comment on the matter, although they have sold over 16 million iPhone 4 units in the past three months.
iPhone warranty company SquareTrade published a report in October stating that almost four percent of iPhone 4 users have broken their glass within four months of ownership, while only half that number broke the iPhone 3GS screen. Could it be that a 100 percent increase in glass on the iPhone 4 led to twice as much glass breakage?The plaintiff in the lawsuit wants Apple to pay. All iPhone 4 owners would be refunded the purchase price of their device, as well as receive full reimbursement for any repair costs. Not only this, but Apple must make restitution to compensate customers for overpayment on defective iPhones. Good thing the iPhone 5 has been completely redesigned to avoid a sequel to Glassgate. In the meantime, don't let anyone borrow and drop your iPhone 4.