This is one heck of a leak week with batteries, screens, and all kinds of specs making their way into your hot little hands. By the time the iPhone 6 comes out, we'll know every single bit and piece of the device down to the tiniest screw. And there might be a little bit of other news out there, so let's have a look.
Few devices in Apple's history have been plagued with so many problems as the 2011 line of 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros, and now a group of lawyers is trying to see if there's enough evidence to start a class action lawsuit against Apple. The group made their intentions known on a Facebook group devoted to the line's troublesome AMD graphics units.
Two class-action lawsuits were filed against Apple this past week; one representing tens of thousands of high-tech workers, another representing owners of 27-inch iMacs with allegedly faulty screens. In the first case, other defendants in the lawsuit have already cashed out, while in the second, an angry music teacher prepares to go the distance. Will either case bring enough to court to make Apple have to open the checkbook?
America is addicted to AMC's Breaking Bad, a series that launched in 2008 and has seen its viewership double in the last year alone. Now in the middle of its last season, the series is one of the most hyped, watched, and talked-about cable television shows in the United States. However, something about the way AMC has cooked up this last season is causing some bad blood, and one consumer decided the best thing to do is to lawyer up and sue Apple.
Apple's cash hoard is well publicized. It is the stuff of legends — so much so, you'd almost expect there to be a dragon sitting on top of it, guarding it from would-be burglars. We don't live in a world where you can feast, sing some songs, and then set off with a band of dwarves in search of long forgotten gold; we just clog up the courts with frivolous lawsuits instead. And sometimes, that dragon guarding Cupertino's gold, more commonly known as the legal department, is more than enough to put an end to the journey of those seeking what they falsely believe is their share of the treasure. Let's take a look at the end of two such non-epic quests for Apple's gold.
Last month, we found out that two former Apple retail store employees were suing the mothership, alleging that Apple insists employees wait around, off the clock, to have their bags checked, before they can leave. When Apple did not respond right away, there was some hope that perhaps Cupertino would just settle out of court and change its store policies. Well, Apple did finally respond, and it's taking a totally different approach. Read on.
Oh, Microsoft… when will you finally wise up and admit that Surface RT was a bad idea? A new class action lawsuit claims the company waited too long to alert shareholders that the tablet, once touted as an "iPad killer," was indeed a lemon. More on that in a moment, but first we've got a recap of some product updates that hit the internet on Tuesday, so get downloading!
A basic rule of employment is that you pay your employees for the time your require them to be at work. Generally, courts don't look too kindly on companies that force you to stay at work and refuse to pay you for it. Especially if you're keeping them there, off the clock, just to make sure they're not stealing from you, which is apparently exactly what Apple's retail store policy does. Now a couple of former Apple employees are taking on the vaunted Cupertino legal team to make it right. A class-action suit representing over 42,000 employees could get pretty, pretty, pretty expensive. And if that's not enough for Apple to worry about, the company is back in the ring with Google, bickering about negotiating tactics. All in another week of Law & Apple!
Is Apple the dark ringmaster of a vast e-book conspiracy designed to hurt consumers, or a champion of the arts and innovation? Also, is Cupertino running a crime syndicate bent on scamming you with rigged power buttons? Interesting questions without clear answers. Let's take a look and go over what we know so far.