Apple Being Sued Over iOS 8 Eating Up Storage Space
Apple is facing yet another class action lawsuit and this time it’s regarding the amount of storage space iOS 8 occupies when installed on an iPhone or iPad.
The lawsuit has been filed against Apple in a federal court in the U.S. which states that with the newest version of Apple’s mobile OS – iOS 8 – Apple has failed to inform users about how much space it will actually occupy once an iOS device is updated.
This concern was earlier raised by countless iPhone users across the globe, especially those with devices sporting a minuscule 16GB of storage space. iOS 8 OTA update saw the OS taking up as much as 23.1 percent of the overall storage space in an iOS device, which is exactly what the lawsuit is claiming. 23.1 percent would mean the lawsuit is actually commenting on the baseline, 16GB capacity models of iPhones, iPod touch, and iPads.
The lawsuit is also claiming that this very fact is not actively advertised for newer models of the iPhone and iPad as well that come shipped with iOS 8. According to the plaintiffs in this case, "Using these sharp business tactics, defendant gives less storage capacity than advertised, only to offer to sell that capacity in a desperate moment, e.g., when a consumer is trying to record or take photos at a child or grandchild’s recital, basketball game or wedding."
William Anderson who happens to be the plaintiff’s attorney from a Washington, D.C. based law firm, is seeking not just damages, but changes to the Cupertino based company’s policies as well, explicitly under the California state law. Referring to the number of consumers that were instantly effected after updating to iOS 8, Anderson said that, "We feel that there are a substantial number of Apple consumers that have been shortchanged, and we’ll be pursuing the claims vigorously."
Funnily enough, the plaintiff’s lawyers decided on using Apple’s own tag line "The biggest iOS release ever" against the company, citing hidden subliminal text for an ill-informed user. Plaintiffs are also arguing that Apple is cleverly exploiting this shortage of space by providing iCloud subscription solutions for extra cloud storage space.
That said, just another day for Apple which is not new to such nature of lawsuits being filed against it. What becomes of this though, we will have to wait to find out.