Apple’s £1,200 payout after photos wiped from iPhone
A HUSBAND successfully sued Apple yesterday because staff wiped his honeymoon photos while trying to fix his iPhone.
Deric White, 68, was awarded £1,200 damages as a judge ruled the company had been negligent.
Mr White, a landlord and property manager, told London County Court the loss of the pictures from the £7,500 holiday and phone numbers from 15 years had left him ‘livid’ and reduced his wife Maria, 50, to floods of tears.
He said: ‘They knew they had done this and send me on my way. This is where my anger is, they sent me on my way like an imbecile.’
He had taken his iPhone 5 to the Apple store in Regent Street, Central London, in December last year after receiving texts telling him to reset his password, London County Court heard. But staff wiped his phone to its factory settings.
Victoria Nottage, for Apple, argued that Mr White’s wife had also taken photos on the holiday, and some of his lost contacts could be retrieved from other sources.
District Judge Ruth Fine said Apple was guilty of unreasonable behaviour for failing to settle the case before it got to court, ordering it to pay almost £800 costs.
Outside court, Mr White – who still uses an iPhone – said: ‘It’s a victory for the common man.’