Apple has been accused of deceptive trade practices and false advertising in the latest lawsuit against it. It has been stated that Apple falsely advertised iOS9 by promoting that it was compatible with older devices. Older devices, primarily iPhone 4s, have been significantly affected in terms of performance by the iOS9 update. Plaintiffs claim that Apple is wrong in its decision to stop users from downgrading.
iPhone 4S Users are Seething About the iOS 9 Update
The lawsuit has more than 100 backers giving their case more than adequate weight. All of them claim in the lawsuit that their iPhone 4s became practically unusable after the iOS 9 update. Members of the suit claim that app performance for both Apple and third-party apps was affected by the update, essentially bogging down the whole device to a stall. Some members claim they faced freezes and crashes while the rest of them claim they faced touchscreen lags as well.
Affecting device performance with the iOS 9 update is just one part of the lawsuit. The lawsuit claims that Apple was well aware of the problems that iPhone 4s users would face beforehand, via the testing phase, and yet the company intentionally went through with releasing the update. They say Apple even advertised things like increased performance and battery run-time as flagship features of the update. The plaintiffs state that Apple could have, at the very least, informed users about the potential problems.
Is iOS Making It Hard for Apple iPhone Users to Switch To Android?
The lawsuit doesn’t end there. Members of the suit claim that iOS has created such an ecosystem that users are far more likely to remain Apple consumers rather than switching to other platforms like Android. They argue that the closed ecosystem and non-transferable assets, like Apple Music and apps, mean that users have to either reinvest in another platform or remain an iOS user.
The lawsuit filers are claiming a sum of $5 million in damages to be paid by Apple. iOS 9 was criticised all over the internet for slowing down even the latest of devices. Apple fixed most of the issues with the 9.1 update but it seems people on older devices did not receive much performance gains despite Apple’s claims. Members of the suit are focused towards the term “planned obsolescence” from Apple.
Apple is being blamed for forcing people to either upgrade their phones or suffer slow and sluggish performance. Apple suffered another scandal not so long ago when the company started spamming users with older iPhones to upgrade their phones.