Is Apple trying to hide potentially dangerous problems with its wildly popular iPods?
According to a Times article, Apple recently attempted to silence a Liverpool father and daughter, after the child’s iPod music player exploded.
Apple would only offer the family a refund if they would sign a form that left them open to legal action if they discussed the problem or their settlement:
In accepting a refund, the Liverpool man was to “agree that you will keep the terms and existence of this settlement agreement completely confidential”, and that any breach of confidentiality “may result in Apple seeking injunctive relief, damages and legal costs against the defaulting persons or parties”.
The iPod problem could be caused by defects in the iPods' lithium ion batteries. In the past, Apple has recalled laptops because of problems with lithium ion batteries overheating and causing fires.
Unfortunately, there's currently no way to know how significant this problem is - or how many people Apple has previously silenced.
Have you ever had a problem with your iPod's battery?
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