Three Californians — Jacob Baltazar, Claudia Keller, and John R. Browning — have filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple for issues relating to the iPad, charging the Cupertino, California, company with fraud, negligent misrepresentation, deceptive advertising practices, and unjust enrichment. According to the three, their iPads did not function as advertised, mainly as an ebook reader, the iPad’s screen is unusable outside under direct sunlight and is much worse than that of the iPhone under the harsh California rays. Another issue relates to the device overheating when being used outdoors; if the iPad overheats, it will shut off with a warning or error message to the user.
According to the lawsuit, “Apple has taken no apparent steps to inform either potential consumers or previous purchases of [its] false promises.” Because they claim Apple didn’t properly disclose that the device would not function in heat, outdoors on a warm day, or under direct sunlight, the suit accuses Apple of “concealment, misbranding, and non-disclosure were intended to influence consumers’ purchasing decisions and were done with reckless disregard for the rights of consumers.”
For information, Apple does mention temperature limits in their iPad specifications: Operating temperature: “32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)”.