Apple Peeves

Programmatic alteration of the functionality of a device which may be considered an emergency communication device violates federal law.

My experience was that the iPhone's temperature shutoff did not work when on the phone with the operator. This caused a physical injury to the face that caused noticeable swelling of the face for over two months.

Further research showed that the iPhone does not function normally for emergency calls in typical ambient temperatures of many geographic locations where the iPhone was sold.

Apple's executives including Steve Jobs were notified but Apple decided to keep this matter secret.

You may look at the details of the complaint on saferproducts.gov site.


The government redacted the information showing that Jobs was notified and Congressional inquires were made on the saferproducts.gov site.

Apple refused to address the issue in any way and offered me about $1,500 to settle which I declined. No law suits were filed given Apple's resources, offensive tactics, and influence over the government.

One has to wonder, what is Apple doing for the government that would make the government allow the weakening of the emergency communication infrastructure?


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