Apple sued over impact of iOS4 on iPhone 3G devices

4 Nov 2010

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Apple is being taken to court in California by a woman who alleges Apple deliberately crippled the iPhone 3G with the introduction of iOS 4 in order to boost sales of its newest smartphone, iPhone 4G.

Within days of Apple releasing iOS4, iPhone 3G users had been reporting slow and buggy performance and not getting all the features that came with iOS4.

According to Biana Wofford’s complaint, she alleges Apple knew the update from iOS3 would impact the performance of her beloved iPhone 3G but that having to downgrade from iOS4 would mean having to become a virtual hacker.

Wofford alleges Apple did all this to boost sales of the newly launched iPhone 4 around the same time.

She said in her statement: “Even though Apple has actual knowledge of thousands of complaints from iPhone 3G/3GS consumers, Apple does not allow for those same users/consumers of third-generation devices to download and re-install earlier and optimised iOS3.x operating system without resorting to ‘hacker’ tactics that will void Apple warranties and violate iPhone user agreements.”

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Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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