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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