If you’ve ever brought your iPhone in for a quick repair, you’ve probably been met with a line about it not being under warranty due to water damage. Then, if you’re like countless others, you spent the next couple days trying to remember when you dropped your iPhone into the tub.
The reason they might have claimed water damage is because there’s a small strip of tape in the iPod or iPhone that turns pink when it gets wet. At least, that’s what’s supposed to happen. Instead, “the tape's maker, 3M, said humidity, and not water contact, could have caused the color to at least turn pink,” according to Wired.
Apple went a long while without admitting this manufacturing problem, and the company denied a pretty sizable number of people the coverage their warranties guaranteed. The company has now agreed to pay $53 million as a settlement in a class action lawsuit filed for this very purpose.
It’s important to note that the lawsuit only applies to the first three generations of iPod touches and the original, 3G and 3GS models of the iPhone.