Apple Lawsuit Over Screen Size and Pixel Count

A lawsuit filed Friday accuses Apple of lying about the specifications of displays in its iPhone X series. Two plaintiffs filed the suit in the US District Court of Northern California, alleging that Apple falsely advertised the screen sizes and pixel counts in its iPhone X, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max devices. They are seeking class action status.

Apple Lawsuit Over Screen Size and Pixel Count

The suit alleges that Apple lied about the screen sizes by counting non-screen areas like the notch and corners. That means that the iPhones aren’t “all screen” as advertised. For example, iPhone X’s screen size is supposed to be 5.8 inches, but from the plaintiff’s measurements, it is “only about 5.6875 inches.”

The plaintiffs also allege that the iPhone X series phones have lower screen resolution than advertised. Cnet explains that the iPhone X for example, is supposed to have a resolution of 2436×1125 pixels, but the product doesn’t contain true pixels with red, green and blue subpixels in each pixel, according to the complaint. The iPhone X allegedly only has two subpixels per pixel, which is less than advertised, the complaint said. The lawsuit also alleges iPhone 8 Plus has a higher-quality screen than iPhone X.

This is not the first time Apple has been accused of misrepresenting specs of its devices. Dozens of customers in March sued the company in 59 separate lawsuits over a software tweak that throttles some older iPhones. Later in the year there was another lawsuit about defects on Apple Watch screens that shatter and fall off.

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