Screens of iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max

November 2019: A federal judge dismissed claims that the company misrepresented the size of the screen, but allowed claims that the company misrepresented the pixel count to move forward.

December 2018: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Apple for allegedly deceptively advertising that the screens of the iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max cellphones have a large surface area (i.e., the diagonal length of the screen) and are high resolution (i.e., they have a high number of pixels when the number of pixels for the height is multiplied by the number of pixels for the width) when, according to plaintiffs, the cellphones do not have the advertised screen size and are not high resolution. Plaintiffs claim that the measurement for the screen size in the marketing includes areas that are not the screen (e.g., corners) and the number of subpixels is “dramatically overrepresent[ed].” (Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint in April 2019.) (Sponchiado et al v. Apple Inc., Case No. 18-cv-7533, N.D. Cal.)

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