Judge: Nobody in America cares about pixel loss caused by iPhone notch, rounded corners

“There doesn’t seem to be anyone in America” who cares about the iPhone pixel count being down because of rounded edges and the notch, a California federal judge has declared.

Amber Neely for AppleInsider:

A class action suit launched in December accused Apple of making fraudulent claims about the size and pixel count of its OLED displays. The argument is, quite literally, about cut corners. The suit was launched by plaintiffs Christian Sponchiado and Courtney Davis.

The suit asserts fraud because Apple misrepresents the screen size of the iPhone. The allegation points out that Apple fails to factor in the rounded corners in the diagonal measurement of the screen, as well as the notch…

U.S. District Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr, however, is skeptical. “There doesn’t really seem to be anyone in America who seems to be concerned about it,” he said, according to Law360. Judge Gilliam still thinks Apple’s disclosure defeats allegations of fraud and unjust enrichment.

MacDailyNews Take: Here’s Apple’s “iPhone X – Technical Specifications” support document, verbatim:

The iPhone X display has rounded corners that follow a beautiful curved design, and these corners are within a standard rectangle. When measured as a standard rectangular shape, the screen is 5.85 inches diagonally (actual viewable area is less).

If anything, they should have sued Apple for false advertising (i.e. “all screen”).

Alrighty then.
Alrighty then.

Here’s the complaint:


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  1. Apple never stated that their screen pixel count was measured at the edges. That’s an assumption these plaintiffs are making that blows their suit out of the water. Apple merely has to show it’s the widest Width measurement on the screen by the longest length measurement, and that screens on ALL cellular phones are described by their approximate nominal diagonal measurement without any curved bezels, and this is the standard in industry standard method of description in tablets, monitors, and televisions as well.

    They can also point out that all other cellular phones, tablets, monitors, TVs, and electronic displays report the number of pixels using the same industry standard that Apple uses to report theirs, regardless of the number of Sub-pixels used to display any particular shade or color which differs between LCD, LED, and an OLED screen, because the employ differing technologies to obtain similar results.

    I’d ask the plaintiffs on the stand, “did you count the pixel on your iPhone? If not, how do you know you don’t have enough? Can you see them with you naked eyes? How were you monetarily harmed by the perceived missing pixels? By how much we you damaged by not having those pixels compared to the number you would have gotten on a less expensive iPhone 8”

    Case over!

    1. Assuming you’re not in the imaging / video business?

      A screen’s resolution is fairly easily checked w/ a pinstripe or checkerboard pattern and a border. The border should be visible in its entirety all the way around the image and the pinstripe pattern should be even.

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