Viewers have come to the rescue of a TikTok user, warning that his Apple Watch could break or even explode.
TikTok user Jahbari (@yeahitsjabs) posted a video of his Apple Watch with the screen appearing to split. The video has nearly 2 million views.
He captioned the original video, “Why didn’t anyone tell me that the battery in the Apple Watch started to expand and turn on the screen.”
The user quickly jumps in to warn him.
“This only happened when it was about to explode. Please get a new battery,” said @kyler.krugler.
“That’s dangerous,” added @yejist.
Jahbari expressed gratitude for the help online. He replied in the comments, “I would legally just bandage it and wear it until I read all the comments but thanks I’ll change it.”
Lawyer and TikTok creator Angela (@thelawyerangela) stitched together the original video and explained that cases like Jahbari’s are the basis for class action lawsuit against Apple in connection with jailbreaking or exploding an Apple Watch.
Lawsuit, filed by December 9, 2021, alleging that Apple knew that the battery in the Apple Watch could swell, but that the company didn’t leave enough space between the display and the battery to prevent the watch face from cracking. One plaintiff claimed that his watch display split and “seriously cut” his wrist, cutting a vein.
In one follow up Angela notes that while people are aware that the batteries Apple uses can swell, the company’s job is still to create a safe product.
@Desereiparga commented: “Trusting the algorithm gets me back to ‘how to file’.
“So that’s what happened to my old watch! Extended battery. The damn screen is hanging,” said @haveyoumetjhen.
Apple, Jahbari and Angela did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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*First published: January 2, 2022, 12:04 p.m. CST
Dan Latu is a freelance journalist who writes about the Internet and culture. Previously, his work has appeared on Real Deal and Columbia News Service.
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