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iPhone 3G owner sues Apple over flawed iOS 4 update

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iPhone 3G owner sues Apple over flawed iOS 4 update
It may be old news now, but you probably remember the drama with iOS 4 on the iPhone 3G. When the OS update was released, 3G owners encountered a number of bugs, and the problem wasn't fully remedied until months later. Now, an iPhone 3G owner is suing Apple for deliberately sabotaging the device.

The plaintiff, Bianca Wofford, claims that Apple engaged in unfair business practices and false advertising by offering the upgrade to 3G owners. Wofford's attorney said that "The true fact of the matter...is that the iOS 4 is a substantial 'downgrade' for earlier iPhone devices and renders many of them virtually useless iBricks."

Those are pretty strong words for a suit that's not only weak, but also a little late. Apple's yearly updates aren't meant for every past model. And being the litigation-magnet that they are, Apple is careful to let owners know that a new OS might not be perfect for their model. Even so, the iPhone 3G was reported to work with iOS 4, and ended up with more than its share of problems.

The suit hasn't yet gained class action status. It will first need approval from a judge, and it would then move to trial, where iPhone 3G owners could be awarded compensation. Our guess is that this won't get very far. Apple would have an easier time settling with this one disgruntled owner than dealing with an actual trial.

Besides, someone should have told the plaintiff that she can downgrade her iOS update. Maybe her lawyer forgot to mention that?

source: Wired via AppleInsider

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posted on 05 Nov 2010, 08:01

1. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


This is a pointless lawsuit, she can downgrade iOS to a more compatible one. Either she doesn't know she can or she just wants to have the lastest software or she's trying to get a free iPhone 4.

posted on 05 Nov 2010, 09:57

3. Deck (unregistered)


Have you tried downgrading from iOS 4.X to 3.1.3? It might be one of the most difficult things to do to a cell phone. Jailbreaking and rooting are a walk in the park compaired to downgrading iOS. It took 3 days and finally Windows Vista for me to downgrade my brothers 3G. His Mac would have nothing to do with it. Great lawsuit becasue iOS 4 runs like a turd on the 3G and Apple does NOT offer any easy way to downgrade. Instead you must hack iTunes and trick it in to downgrading the phone....great customer service Apple!

posted on 05 Nov 2010, 09:43 1

2. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


The problem is proving that Apple deliberately did this to increase sales...good luck...

posted on 05 Nov 2010, 14:35

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


agreed, but i doubt a consumer will come out with this crazy idea if she doesn't have anything under the sleeve, so ill be expecting a surprise maybe

posted on 05 Nov 2010, 10:55

4. Tristann (Posts: 76; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)


I was useing my Cousins iPhone3g and wow....
The speed of it is horrible! It lagged and froze up so many times i thought it was gonna reboot or lock up all together. Apple really made a mistake allowing the Iphone3g to get iOS4 the same with the itouch2g. They simply cant handle it.

posted on 05 Nov 2010, 13:02

5. zerglisk (Posts: 544; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)


Anyone can come up with any BS claims just for a possible share of money~ rofl

posted on 05 Nov 2010, 18:20

7. rfrapp (Posts: 77; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)


This isn't a BS suit at all

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