Lawsuit alleges Apple deliberately crippled iPhone 3G

By Stewart Mitchell on Nov 5, 2010 8:38 AM
Filed under Software

iOS 4 problems intended to boost handsets sales, handset owner alleges.

Apple is being sued by a disgruntled iPhone owner that alleges the company deliberately hamstrung performance in 3G handsets when they upgraded them to the iOS 4 operating system to improve sales of the iPhone 4.

In a civil case brought at the County Court of San Diego, Bianca Wofford claimed the company turned her handset into a paperwieght and that she couldn't revert to an older version of the operating system to fix the problems.

"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," Wofford alleged in the suit.

According to her complaint, the move was an intentional effort to boost sales of the iPhone 4, which went on sale about two weeks earlier.

“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,” the complaint read.

Apple has yet to return a request for comment.

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