A lawsuit against Apple over the durability of the iPhone 4's glass was tossed out by a federal judge in California this week.
In an order this past Tuesday (PDF), U.S. District Judge Edward Davila dismissed a case filed by Betsalel Williamson on January 2011, which sought class-action status and accused Apple of breaching its warranty by charging for broken glass.
Williamson filed the complaint after damaging his 2-day-old iPhone 4, which dropped off the arm of a chair. Williamson pointed to claims made by Apple, including its industrial design chief Sir Jonathan Ive, that the glass on the device was "'comparable in strength to sapphire crystal' and 30 times harder than plastic."
The court thought that it was a "stretch" to suggest that the "ordinary purpose" of the device was to drop it as part of normal operation.
"It is a well-known fact of life that glass can break under impact, even glass that has been reinforced," Judge Davila wrote in the order. "The shattered window of a storefront, the cracked windshield of a car, and the chipped smartphone screen are routine encounters of modern existence."