Remember that story that the unofficial change of the Home button of iPhones with Touch ID could render the devices useless, the damn “Error 53”? Apple corrected all of this imbroglio by releasing a new build of iOS 9.2.1, but that didn’t stop it from being processed.
In the class action lawsuit led by Darrell Cochran (a lawyer for the PCVA), the complainants argued that the iPhones worked perfectly for months after repairing the part until verification of validation for a possible update or restoration. Then, the device became a paperweight and all the user’s content was lost (if he didn’t have a backup). In addition to new iPhones for affected users, the class action also required a $ 5 million fine and a software update to remove these repair restrictions outside of an authorized service center (or at Apple itself).
Well, the software update came, and with it, Apple tried to reimburse customers who paid for out-of-warranty part replacements for their devices and ensured that everyone affected by the problem had working devices at hand. Shortly thereafter, the company asked the responsible judge to close the case taking all of these actions into account.
Judge Vince Chhabria then analyzed all the allegations of the class action and found them unsuitable for the continuation of the process. One of the main claims, the loss of data, was not taken into account because the claimants were unable to prove the disfellowshipping of the loss with “Error 53” (and how Apple corrected the error…). They were also unable to prove that Apple was aware of “Error 53” in order to prove that Apple made misleading advertising.
The plaintiffs will be able to modify the claims to try to remedy the issues raised by the judge. That is, the process may still continue, but for now Apple is free of it.