updated 10:05 am EDT, Wed March 26, 2008
'Millions of colors' suit
Apple has agreed to an out-of-court settlement in a long-running lawsuit over the MacBook and MacBook Pro, writes the Chicago Tribune. Two California photographers, Fred Greaves and Dave Gatley, filed the class action suit in May of last year, over Apple's claim that the Pro could display "millions of colors." According to the filing, the reality is that Apple fakes the notebooks' color range through software dithering, and yet offers the extended color option in a Mac OS X drop-down menu, without any mention of software emulation.
While this may be acceptable for most users, Greaves and Gatley contend that it hurts professional photography work. When editing, they say, maximum color accuracy is needed to ensure the best output. This can become especially important when making the leap from digital display to print.
The terms of the settlement have not been made public, but plaintiff lawyer Peter Polischuk is said to have explained that his clients had trouble finding other participants for the action. To become involved, they would also have had to buy a MacBook for reasons of color range.