"Moronic bozo" sues Apple over iPhone battery

A fellow in Illinois claims Apple should pay him for selling him a phone that only charges up 300 times. Only problem: The iPhone lasts much longer.

By Farhad Manjoo

Published July 31, 2007 4:56PM (EDT)

The plaintiff's given name is Jose Trujillo, but I'll wager that within a month it becomes -- like George W. Bush's and "miserable failure" -- more closely associated in Google with the words "moronic bozo." That's the unforgettable way gadget site Gizmodo characterized the fellow after it learned that he'd filed suit against Apple over the iPhone's battery, which Trujillo claims will only charge up 300 times before it needs to be replaced.

Which is not true. Though the 300-charge story was a rumor online for a while, Apple says that the iPhone's battery will actually go for 400 charges before it gets down to 80 percent of its original capacity. Trujillo also claims that Apple did not disclose to the public that the iPhone's battery is sealed in the phone's case and cannot be replaced by the user -- but if you own an iPhone and you learned about this fact only after you purchased it, would you please e-mail me to tell me you exist? I'm at farhad@salon.com. Thanks.

Trujillo and his attorneys are asking a court in Illinois (where he lives) to allow his complaint to go forward as a class action, in the hope of eventually getting from Apple "actual, compensatory, and punitive" damages for all iPhone purchasers similarly defrauded. I hope the fellow's not holding his breath.

See Gizmodo's lawsuit gallery here.

Farhad Manjoo

Farhad Manjoo is a Salon staff writer and the author of True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society.

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