Apple advertises “Faster performance, improved security, convenient updates, and longer battery life” with the iOS 9 update states the lawsuit. Chaim Lerman, the plaintiff in the lawsuit found this wasn’t the case for him with his iPhone 4s. In fact, the lawsuit states that he update significantly slowed down their iPhones and interfered with the normal usage of the device.
The complaints of the earlier model iPhones not playing well with iOS 9 is nothing new. We have often spoke of Apple’s planned obsolescence and the fact that Apple depends on trading up to the next model of phone. Is it too much of a stretch to believe that this is purposeful by Apple in order to get users on older iPhones to purchase a new phone? The parties involved in this lawsuit don’t seem to think so.
“When iPhone 4s owners are faced with the dilemma of continuing to use a slow, buggy phone or spend hundreds to buy a new phone, Apple often benefits because consumers will often buy a new iPhone to keep their investment in the App ecosystem. If they buy any other smartphone, they lose the use of all the Apps they purchased and must buy other Apps on the competitor smartphone, incurring a double loss (loss of Apps and payment for new Apps). Upon information and belief, a large number of iPhone 4s owners purchase newer versions of the iPhone for this reason, enriching Apple in the process.”
It is a very interesting complaint, (read it here) quoting Apple throughout, and this could be a very interesting case should it make it to trial. There are many questions that need to be asked and answered. Would purposely sabotaging older devices through new OS updates simply be considered planned obsolescence? Would this be something deemed illegal? What kinds of damages could be assessed for making a 2 year old phone unusable?
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Source: USA Today