Apple gadget users filed a class-action lawsuit against the company for the so-called jelly effect. We are talking about the features of the display in the sixth generation iPad mini. Tablet owners have noticed that when scrolling through an image, the left side of the screen lags behind the right side. That is, the restoration of a picture or text occurs asynchronously. The problem is most noticeable when scrolling web pages and documents slowly. Before going to court, users tried to resolve the issue with Apple, but the manufacturer assured them that there is no defect, this is the normal behavior of LCD screens.

Now the plaintiffs are demanding compensation for damages to all those who bought a defective iPad, and the applicants have a high chance of winning the court, believes international law expert Alexander Khaminsky: “In case of a manufacturing defect, any consumer has the right to return the gadget, receive a new one without a defect, or return the money back. This is possible if the requirements of one or another image standard are established, I mean the matrix.

If it is not available, you can always order an examination. If it shows that the “jelly effect”, flickering, blinking affect health and vision, then such an examination is enough to recognize a manufacturing defect without any standards. Apple has had several situations over the past ten years when their devices failed. This applied to screens, and charging, and batteries, and other points. But Apple always pops up. And I think that in this situation, literally one or two months will pass, and everything will be forgotten.

iPad mini users in their lawsuit separately emphasize that the manufacturer is aware of the defect, but does not try to fix it and does not include information about such screen features in the description of the tablet in order to warn new buyers. If the American court takes the side of consumers, owners of the sixth iPad in other countries can make similar claims against Apple.

This can turn into an avalanche of lawsuits, including from Russia, does not exclude a specialist in the field of legal consulting Nihad Kasumov: “In other countries, it is likely that people can also file claims and try to recover their damage due to the purchase of goods with such a feature.

Considering that the law on “landing” has recently come into force in Russia, it will become much easier to file claims against representative offices, legal entities of large corporations. Therefore, I assume that this may cause a wave of similar claims and claims from other countries, including Russia. Our legislation takes the side of the consumer, so it’s a sin not to take advantage of this opportunity.”

The “jelly effect,” which Apple claims is the norm, only appears on iPad mini models that went on sale at the end of September last year. Later versions that have the same LCDs at the same frequency, such as the iPad Air 4, do not have this feature.

Svetlana Belova

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