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Apple Sued for Turning iPhone 3Gs Into iBricks

Apple's dropped software support for the original 2G EDGE iPhone, but users of the iPhone 3G model who have had their phones for a couple of years already are still included in the latest round of Apple iOS software updates. But just software support doesn't mean that everyone is happy with how their iPhone 3G phones have 'kept up to date'.

Now a Californian woman is taking Apple to court over how iOS 4 has turned her phone into a "paper weight." Biana Wofford filed her complaint in Superior Court of California for San Diego, alleging that Apple intentionally crippled her iPhone 3G in the new iOS 4.

Certainly, there are many well documented reports of how iOS 4, has slowed iPhone 3G performance to a crawl – to a point where some would consider it unusable.

Apple did acknowledge these issues and improved performance somewhat in iOS 4.1, but it's still not as usable as when under iPhone OS 3.x.

While one would assume that the performance fix, which would give up new application compatibility, is to simply downgrade down to the older software, this is something that Apple doesn't allow.

Those who want to downgrade firmware have to use hacker methods, some of which might even be impossible on newer iPhone models.

"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 optimized iOS3.x operating system without resorting to 'hacker' tactics that will void Apple warranties and violate iPhone user agreements," Wofford wrote.

Wofford thinks that this is all a ploy by Apple to encourage people to upgrade to the iPhone 4, especially since their upgrade eligibility should be available on AT&T.

Conspiracy theory, indeed.

Source: Ars Technica

  • pooflinger1
    I don't think this is any "Conspiracy Theory". It's more like a case of apple being apple. As we all know, apple knows what is best for everyone and those that go against what they say are nothing more than miscreants and rabble rousers. Then again, if someone is so unhappy with the service they are getting or the way they are being treated, they should just switch to something else. There is nothing that the iphone can do that some other phone can't do except drain your wallet and start pushing you into the sheep pen. People that complain like this just to complain and try to make a quick buck regardless of who the target is are just as stupid IMO.
  • haunted one
    A $700 "paper weight" LOL .

    Once again, Apple's software restrictions causing problems for users. They'll learn...............eventually.
  • victorintelr last we are seeing an apple servant waking up from her iHypnosys state!
  • kingnoobe
    Poof while a I agree with part of what you said. I think this women actually has a good point, and I could understand a class action suit on this. Now if Apple didn't make it so hard to go back to the IOS that worked that would be different. But doing this isn't right.. Sure you can go back, but you got to hack it void any warranty blah blah blah..

    This lady has a legit suit. And I hope she wins maybe it'll make Apple think twice about their business practices. Probably not.. but it could..
  • jomofro39
    Poor consumers. Can you imagine going to your dealer for a tune-up and they remove your engine? Bummer.
  • gorillateets
    This doesn't surprise me. Thing is, if upgrade (strong word) to the iphone 4 you get screwed over by having Jobs tell you you're not holding it right. I don't know why everyone wants a crappy iphone anyways. You get shafted if your old phone is updated and shafted if you get the new iphone. I hope this lady takes a fair chunk of Jobs apple.
  • Yuka
    Even MS had to provide a downgrade to XP when they launched Vista... Come on Apple, don't suck on simple matters.

  • Albyint
    She is upgrading it wrong.
  • robula
    Good on her, I really hope she succeeds. Anything going against Apple is good in my opinion. I run a jailbroken 3G iPhone and even after stripping out parts and features of the iOS4.1 I still occasionally miss important calls because of the time it takes for the "Answer" button to work.
  • micr0be
    search the word "FAIL" first thing you see is apple.