Apple will pay $53 million in a class-action settlement over a lawsuit brought against it alleging that the company did not properly honor warranties based on the iPhone’s moisture detection system.
The problem is that Apple chose not to honor several warranties because the the water damage indicator had been activated. The indicator is located within the headphone jack. However, many of people complained because they hadn’t exposed their iPhones to water. The problem was that the indicator can be activated by humidity. This is a fact confirmed by 3m, the company that makes the indicator tape.
It definitely could be an annoyance to users who have a legitimate problem with the iPhone, but can’t get a repair under warranty just because of the moisture indicator, even though they didn’t get their iPhone wet.