I rarely say this, but here it is: suck it Apple. The iPhone and iPod Touch manufacturer recently agreed to pay a $53 million settlement after numerous owners of the aforementioned devices filed class action lawsuits claiming that the company failed to honor its own warranty.
You see, inside of the iPhone and iPod Touch there is a pink tape that is designed to indicate when the device has been exposed to water. If the customer’s phone was opened up, and the color of the tape had changed, Apple said that their warranty was null and void regardless of the phone’s problem. However, it turns out that those magic tape strips, from company 3M, didn’t exactly work as intended. It’s not entirely clear why some were reading false positives, but if you brought your iPhone into the bathroom during a shower (i.e. steam) or lived in an extremely humid location, such as a swamp, the tape strip might have changed color despite never being submerged in water.
That said, for sometime Apple has been replacing some devices that stopped working even though the tape strips had been triggered, provided of course the iPhone or iPod Touch didn’t show any signs of corrosion. But that isn’t to say you should go for a jog in the rain with your iPhone, and nor should you expose it to harsher than the average environmental elements.
Those cited in the suit should expect to receive about $200, though it only applies to early iPhone models (original, 3G and 3GS) and the first three generations of iPod Touches.