Lawsuit accuses Apple of sabotaging phones to boost sales

Posted on Tuesday, November 09 2010 @ 4:01 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
DailyTech noticed Apple has been accused of sabotaging iPhone 3G devices to boost sales. The suit alleges that Apple promoted iOS 4 to iPhone 3G users when it likely knew that the update would render phones useless and notes that Apple provides users with no means to perform a re-install of an older operating system version.
The suit stems from the fact that the iOS 4 upgrade leaves the iPhone 3G unresponsive and hard to use. Despite the fact that this phenomena appears almost universal, Apple urged unwitting iPhone 3G users to upgrade to the new operating system.

States the complaint, "The true fact of the matter, as verifiable by information technology experts, is that the iOS 4 is a substantial 'downgrade' for earlier iPhone devices and renders many of them virtually useless 'iBricks'. Nonetheless, in reasonable and detrimental reliance upon Apple's false representations, false statements and false claims of full compatibility, thousands upon thousands of iPhone 3 users were intentionally misled into installing iOS 4 on their devices."

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