I’m catching up on some notable stories saved while I was away on vacation—that’s right, even while yours truly was wandering through the carrier kiosks on the first floor of Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara, he was still thinking of you. 😛
Here’s a little something from December 30th: Apparently more than 100 iPhone 4s owners have filed a Class Action Suit against Apple in New York State, seeking $5 million USD in damages. Why? Here’s a direct quote from the filing itself:
Plaintiff and the Class bring this action against Apple Inc. for deceptive trade practices and false advertising in violation of New York General Business Law § 349 and § 350.
Plaintiff and other owners of the iPhone 4S were harmed when their devices’ software was updated to the newest version, iOS 9. The update significantly slowed down their iPhones and interfered with the normal usage of the device, leaving Plaintiff with a difficult choice: use a slow and buggy device that disrupts everyday life or spend hundreds of dollars to buy a new phone.
Apple explicitly represented to the public that iOS 9 is compatible with and supports the iPhone 4S. And Apple failed to warn iPhone 4S owners that the update may or will significantly interfere with the device’s performance.
The rest of the filing looks legit, and I don’t doubt that the latest version of iOS would probably suck on a 4 year-old phone. For me, this story begs an important question: Should users have control over the software on their device? As someone posting on a mobile enthusiasts’ forum, my answer would be a resounding “yes”.
Of course, any user can say no to a software update. But such action presents both a security risk and potential compatibility issues with installed apps.
Is anyone here running iOS 9 on an iPhone 4s? Do you think this legal action has any merit, or should the plaintiff just suck it up and upgrade to a new phone?