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Brit takes Apple to court over cracked Watch display… and wins!

Apple has been instructed to compensate a man who was refused a warranty claim over a crack in his Apple Watch display.

Gareth Cross, from Aberystwyth, North Wales complained to Apple after finding a crack in the Apple Watch Sport, a mere 10 days after splashing out £339 on the wearable.

When informed his claim wasn’t eligible for a repair or replacement under the warranty, Mr Cross decided to take his claim to court.

The small claims court found Apple had been in breach of the Sale of Goods Act and told the firm to pay for the watch, plus the court fees. That adds up to £429.

Considering Apple earned record profits of $18.4 billion (about £12.7bn) in the last financial quarter it’s hardly likely to dent the firm’s coffers, but the victory could be a breakthrough for other consumers meeting resistance from Apple when it comes to returns and warranty claims.

“I couldn’t understand why they would want to go to court over the issue, but ultimately I wanted [to] stand by my consumer rights,” Mr Cross told the BBC.

“The case did start to become a little stressful, especially toward the end with the prospect of having to attend court to defend my claim against what was the most valuable company in the world.”

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Mr Cross said he planned to buy another Apple Watch with his compensation, but says he may wait for the second generation model.

We guess you could say he’s a smart… watch fan.


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