iPhone Battery Target of Class-Action Suit

The iPhone has only been out for a month, yet there's already a class-action lawsuit against it over its battery life.

Jose Trujillo filed the suit in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Among other things, he claims that the battery can only be charged for 300 cycles before needing to be replaced, and that he wasn't made aware that the battery was soldered inside of the unit.

Among the relief sought by Trujillo is certification of the class-action suit, and charges brought against Apple for violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, as well as "actual, compensatory, and punitive damages."

Trujillo's claims are quite odd considering that Apple itself has already said that the battery would still retain 80 percent of its full charging capacity after 400 charge cycles, 100 more than where the suit claims the phone stops working altogether.

Obviously, under normal use, it would be practically impossible to test out Trujillo's claims in a real world setting, which several Web logs pointed out when reporting the story. "Is he really that ignorant? Does he think that the judge is going to be stupid?" Jesus Diaz wrote for Gizmodo on Friday.

Additionally, Apple had also disclosed before the iPhone's release that the battery was not user-replaceable. It launched a $86 battery replacement program concurrently with the iPhone, long before any user would likely need to change the device's battery.

A request for comment from Apple was unanswered as of press time.

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