Class action suit claims Apple failed to tell Wi-Fi Assist users about data use
A class-action suit has been filed against Apple by plaintiffs William Scott Phillips and Suzanne Schmidt Phillips. The filing indicates that the amount sought from Apple by the entire class exceeds $5 million. According to the suit, Apple did not properly explain Wi-Fi Assist until it was too late. It wasn't until October 14th, nearly a month after iOS 9 launched, when Apple posted a support document explaining how Wi-Fi Assist uses cellular data. In the posting, Apple wrote that most users will see only a small increase in data usage, a comment that the plaintiffs claim "downplays" the amount of data that Wi-Fi Assist users can burn through.
The plaintiffs say that they had to pay overage charges after Wi-Fi Assist appeared with the iOS 9 update on their Apple iPhone 5s units. As a result, they are claiming that Apple violated the California Unfair Competition Law and its False Advertising Law. They add that the tech titan also made a negligent misrepresentation.
The suit was filed Friday in a U.S. District Court in San Jose.