Is Apple Voiding Your Warranty Due To Water Damage? You May Have A Strong Defense

For retailers who are becoming dependent on Apple iPhones and IPods for in-store payments and demos and other functions, being able to keep Apple honoring its warranties is crucial. Apple just settled—for a mere $53 million—a class-action case that said Apple had been refusing to honor warranties. The trick involves a white indicator tape embedded in the phone near the headphone. The idea is that if the tape turned pink or red, it indicated that it had been exposed to water, which violates the warranty. But testimony from the tape's maker, 3M, said simple humidity could have easily caused the color change. Good thing to know if warranty coverage is challenged for alleged water damage. Story

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