LOS ANGELES, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple deceptively marketed its
new 20-inch iMac in a way that grossly inflated the capabilities of its
monitor, which is vastly inferior to the previous generation it replaced,
according to a federal class action lawsuit filed today by Kabateck Brown
According to the suit, filed in the U.S. District Court, Northern
District of California in San Jose, Apple is deceiving consumers by
concealing that the new 20-inch iMac monitors are inferior to the previous
generation's and those of the new 24-inch iMac. In addition, the monitors
are incapable of displaying "millions of colors," despite Apple's marketing
Apple's newest iMac -- an "all-in-one" desktop computer that combines
the monitor into the same case as the CPU -- was unveiled in August 2007.
"Apple is duping its customers into thinking they're buying 'new and
improved' when in fact they're getting stuck with 'new and inferior,'" said
Brian Kabateck, Managing Partner of Kabateck Brown Kellner. "Beneath
Apple's 'good guy' image is a corporation that takes advantage of its
customers. Our goal is to help those customers who were deceived and make
sure Apple tells the truth in the future."
Apple told consumers that both the 20-inch and 24-inch iMacs displayed
"millions of colors at all resolutions." Indeed, the new 24-inch iMacs
display 16,777,216 colors on 8-bit, in-plane switching (IPS) screens, as
did the previous generation of 20-inch iMacs. But the new 20-inch iMac
monitors do not even come close, displaying 98% fewer colors (262,144).
While Apple describes the display of both the 24-inch and 20-inch iMacs
as though they were interchangeable, the monitors in each are of radically
different technology. The 20-inch iMacs feature 6-bit twisted nematic film
(TN) LCD screens, the least expensive of its type.
The 20-inch iMac's TN screens have a narrower viewing angle, less color
depth, less color accuracy and are more susceptible to washout across the
Apple's Web site tells consumers that "No matter what you like to do on
your computer -- watch movies, edit photos, play games, even just view a
screen saver -- it's going to look stunning on an iMac."
In fact, the inferior technology of the 20-inch iMac is particularly
ill-suited to editing photographs because of the display's limited color
potential and the distorting effect of the color simulation processes.
"Apple is squeezing more profits for itself by using cheap screens and
its customers are unwittingly paying the price," Kabateck said.
Kabateck Brown Kellner, LLP is one of the nation's foremost consumer
law firms. Its clients have won more than $750 million against Google,
Farmer's Insurance, Eli Lilly and other major corporations. As a
plaintiff's-only firm, Kabateck Brown Kellner is always on the consumers'
SOURCE Kabateck Brown Kellner, LLP