Lawsuit accuses Apple of deliberately bricking iPhone 3G
A while ago, we noted that Apple's iOS4 was turning 3G iPhone's into bricks. People's phones were useless and lumpy and now, Apple are being sued by an iPhone user as a result.
One peeved owner is alleging that the company deliberately hampered the performance in 3G handsets when they upgraded them to the iOS 4 operating system - in order to improve sales of the iPhone 4.
In a civil case, Bianca Wofford is claiming that Apple turned her handset into a useless lump of circuits and that she couldn't go back to an older version of the operating system to fix the problems.
She says in her complaint:
"Apple has falsely, intentionally and repeatedly represented that iOS 4, was a significant upgrade for the functionality of all iPhone devices, when in fact, the installation and use of the iOS 4 on iPhone 3G resulted in the opposite - a device with little more use than a paper weight."
“This whole situation was created to be a consumer Catch 22 by Apple in order for the company to promote sales of its just released iPhone 4 and cause consumers to simply abandon the earlier 3G and 3GS platforms.”
Thus far, Apple are staying quiet on the whole thing. While it's fair to say iOS4 did make a mess of the 3G handset, subsequent updates have restored handsets to their former speed and functionality.