Ap­ple’s £1,200 pay­out af­ter pho­tos wiped from iPhone

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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.’

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