Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Powerbeats 2 customers begin receiving payoffs from class action lawsuit

Apple customers who own faulty Powerbeats 2 devices have begun receiving payouts from a class action lawsuit that Apple settled last year, according to MacRumors.

The class action lawsuit claimed the company’s Powerbeats2 wireless earphones contain a design defect that causes the device to stop retaining a charge. Apple 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 August 2020.

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, the suit claimed. What’s more, 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.