According to a Reuters report, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners are suing Apple in a nationwide class-action lawsuit, alleging that a design defect causes the phones’ touchscreens to become unresponsive, making them unusable. The lawsuit further alleges that Apple has long been aware of the defect which often surfaces after “a flickering gray bar appears atop the touchscreens” but has refused to fix it.
The plaintiffs linked the problem to Apple’s decision not to use a metal “shield” or “underfill” to protect the relevant parts, as it did on versions of the iPhone 5. “The iPhones are not fit for the purpose of use as smartphones because of the touchscreen defect,” according to the complaint filed in federal court in San Jose, California.
Todd Cleary of California, Jun Bai of Delaware and Thomas Davidson of Pennsylvania are the named plaintiffs in the lawsuit
The plaintiffs, who seek unspecified damages from Apple, have accused the Cupertino tech giant of fraud and violating California consumer protection laws.
Last week, the folks over at iFixit described problems with iPhone 6 touchscreens on their website, labelling the the issue as “Touch Disease”.
Apple has not yet issued any official comment regarding the matter.