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Apple settles lawsuit complaining of Powerbeats 2 earphones’ poor quality

According to AppleInsider, Apple has settled a class action lawsuit claiming the company’s Powerbeats2 wireless earphones contain a design defect that causes the device to stop retaining a charge.

The tech giant denied the allegations and no judgment was made in the case. However, the parties reached a settlement to the tune of US$9.75 million.

In 2017, seven customers, from different cities, sued, saying the headphones don’t hold their charge for as long as Apple claims. Nor are they as water-proof or sweat-proof as advertised. Apple promoted the Powerbeats 2 headphones as having “six hours rechargeable battery” and Powerbeats 3 as having “up to 12 hour battery life.”

The complaint attributed the shoddiness of Apple’s Powerbeats headphones to cheap components. Citing an estimate in a Motley Fool article, the complaint contended that Apple’s Beats Solo headphones cost US$16.89 to make and retail for $199.95: a markup of more than 1,000%.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.