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Apple caves in to the Magsafe adaptor lawsuit by offering replacements

People power prevails
Wed Nov 09 2011, 12:06

FRUIT THEMED TOYMAKER Apple has proposed a settlement in the class-action lawsuit against it over faulty Magsafe power adaptors, offering users a replacement unit.

Apple was presented with a class-action lawsuit claiming that its T-shaped Magsafe connector was faulty. Users complained that parts of the cable would melt or fray exposing the underlying wire and, in typical Apple fashion, it chose to ignore the problem - that is, until now.

Yesterday Apple finally offered users the chance to swap their Magsafe power adaptors but only if "the DC [direct current] cable (the thin cord that attaches the MagSafe connector to the power adapter) separates from the end of the Magsafe connector or from the other end of the thin cord, at the power adapter". Even then the firm says it "may provide customers a replacement adapter", adding, "signs of accidental damage would negate any coverage".

Apple is also offering a cash payment for those who were forced to purchase new power adaptors.

Apple's Magsafe power adaptors are innovative and the firm seems to hold an iron-clad patent on the use of a magnet to hold a connector in place, however this class-action lawsuit raised questions over its safety. Apple's proposed settlement still has to be rubber stamped by the court, but this faulty kit saga looks to be nearing its end. µ


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