iPad reading not ‘just like reading a book’—iPad users file lawsuit
July 27, 2010 | 4:41 pm
Okay, this is just stupid.
Three iPad users have filed a lawsuit against Apple (PDF), seeking class-action status, because reading on the iPad isn’t “just like reading a book” after all—books don’t shut down from overheating if left in the direct sunlight too long.
As I learned the other day when I came back out to my hot car, the iPad has a built-in heat sensor which shuts off the device when it reaches 95 degrees Fahrenheit, safeguarding the electronics from heat damage. Therefore, Apple’s advertising that “Reading on iPad is just like reading a book” represents fraud, negligent misrepresentation, deceptive advertising, and a litany of other malfeasance.
Is it just me, or does this totally fail the “reasonable person” test? No electronic device is going to be “just like reading a book”, because electronic devices simply aren’t books. Even the Kindle isn’t just like reading a book.
Cases like this waste the judiciary’s money and time (not to mention Apple’s). These plaintiffs are poster children for tort reform if I’ve ever seen any. Hopefully it gets thrown out as soon as possible.
(Found via Ars Technica.)