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Lawsuit: Apple broke iPhone 3Gs to boost iPhone 4 sales

By Emil · 52 replies
Nov 4, 2010
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  1. In a new class-action lawsuit, angry iPhone owner Biana Wofford is accusing Apple of using the iOS 4 upgrade to maliciously cripple the iPhone 3G to boost sales of the iPhone 4, according to Ars Technica. Earlier this year, when Apple released the iPhone 4, it also offered an OS update to customers with older iPhone models.

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  2. Alot of manufacturers would be guilty of making goods that only last 5 years so people have to go out and buy another one. Computers are guilty of it to we have to buy a new computer every 2 years to keep up with the latest games and technology. Only problem is how do you prove thats what there trying to do there not gona tell you and give you the information to sue them. btw first post
  3. their first mistake was buying an apple product
  4. Mydnight

    Mydnight TS Rookie

    Companies that purposely design their products to be obsolete in order to generate sales is wrong yes, but people choosing various upgrades (peripherals, RAM, video/sound cards, etc) are doing so because they want to. I see a lot of computers that could be considered obsolete, but people still happily use them because they do what the user wants them to do.
  5. crazyboy88

    crazyboy88 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    thumbs up :)
  6. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    I think you have this a bit confused.

    One is not forced into upgrading their system every two to five years. One makes the choice to upgrade in this timeline. What the iOS 4 upgrade debacle is all about, is the forcing of users into version 4 without the ability to move back to a version that they had previously. If one upgrades their computer to Vista or 7 from XP, they still have the option to downgrade back to XP if they did not like.
  7. posermobile89

    posermobile89 TS Rookie Posts: 72

    Even if you jailbreak your device after updating, you still can not downgrade. You would have either had to have your device jailbroken prior to the update, and let cydia "make your life easier" by managing your SHSH blobs for you, or manually updated your SHSH blobs on cydia and/or stored them locally by using a program such as tinyumbrella. Once apple rolls out an update, if you don't have your SHSH blobs saved, there is no way to downgrade
  8. ViNCiLiCiouS

    ViNCiLiCiouS TS Rookie Posts: 30

    To quote TechSpot, it is unlikely that Apple is evil in this case. But it would be really interesting if it were true.
  9. ViNCiLiCiouS

    ViNCiLiCiouS TS Rookie Posts: 30

    To quote TechSpot, it is unlikely that Apple is evil in this case. But it would be really interesting if it were true.
  10. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,376   +72

    Apple isn't good at updates like microsoft is. This is similar to my macbook pro which I bought and took back about a year ago (no restocking fee at Fry's). The snow leopard update produced about 10 issues like this. Oh well, back to my old reliable Toshiba!
  11. DRoc28

    DRoc28 TS Rookie

    bump for justice...lol!
  12. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Wow Apple has really failed in testing lately, first the antenna & proximity issues with the iPhone, the iPad issues (cant remember what they were) and now we have a lawsuit about iOS4 on the 3G and 3GS phones.
  13. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 605   +67

    Yep, that's the same story for me. I got a 3G about a year before the iPhone 4 came out, and since I "upgraded", I've had nothing but issues. It's slow and buggy has heck! I hope this will at the least force them to let us roll back versions.
  14. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Unless this gets the publicity that the Antenna issue got, your probably better of upgrading to the iPhone 4 or finding an alternative.
  15. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +627

    You can Shift + Click on the Restore button to manually point to an OS install-file on your HDD..you can't do this and point to an older OS version..?
  16. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    The issue here is not whether or not the performance of the phone is better or worse than it was before, the issue here is that owners of the phone have no legitimate way to roll the phone back to the way it was before. And since you can do it when the phone is jailbroken, then clearly its just a choice by Apple, not the limitation of any software. I'm not sure what their justification for not allowing people to roll back the OS without jailbreaking it, but the assumption that they do so to force people to buy a new phone is not that far fetched.

    Maybe its just the naivete of the iPhone buyers who don't understand that once you go Apple you never go back. You're just forced into a two year upgrade cycle whether you want it or not.
  17. bam13

    bam13 TS Rookie Posts: 42

    As an iPhone 3G and 3GS owner I must say that it really feels like at least a bit of a truth...but on the other hand, apple provides OS updates for phones that are few years old for free...anyway, the iOS 4.0 made the iphone 3G almost unusable, but I´d say it´s because of the processor and ram, 3GS is much stronger and has no problem with speed at all, plus the user has always the choice whether to update the iOS or not
  18. Recipe7

    Recipe7 TS Booster Posts: 143

    Biana Wofford... I want to leave a bag of poop on your doorstep.

    Who wants to make a bet that she will 'accidentally' spill coffee on her lap in the near future?
  19. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,469   +1,254

    I have an iPhone 3GS and it has no problems at all on the new 4.1 iOS, my friend on the other hand who only has a 3G bugs out most the time an app has been started for over 5 minutes, battery is completely shot and its soo laggy round the menu's its almost impossible to browse the we for example.

    I think there is some truth here when it comes to the 3G model at least and also to note, we both got our iPhones the same month (He just couldn't afford the 3GS at the time, man he wishes he had done it now!).
  20. thebluemeaner

    thebluemeaner TS Rookie Posts: 64

    You don't have to go out and buy a new computer, the thing is you see new computers that run faster and you feel the "need" to go buy one. An old pentium 4 computer with lynux is more than capable of satisfying the needs of an average computer user (word processing, spreadsheets, instant messaging , music, social networking) I don't see why one is actually forced to go upgrade...
  21. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,357   +116

    My 3GS shipped with the new i4.0 OS and worked absolutely fine. It's now updated to i4.1 OS and still worked fine. Its sat in its box in a cupboard now mind. :haha:

    Granted I had major signal issues with it, but that was the problem of Orange signal generally in my area. I seem to live in a 1 mile patch where there is no Orange signal for some reason. All my friends with Orange mobile have the same problem when they come around, so it wasn't the phone.

    I went back to T-mobile and got a HTC Desire on a brilliant deal and all has been fine with signal since. :)
  22. urluckee

    urluckee TS Rookie

    after the lawsuit, she'll upgrade. just watch.
  23. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,469   +1,254

    You do realise you can sign up any phone on Orange to use T-Mobile signal? if you go into the Orange account app at the bottom you can sign up and as long as your network preference is set to "auto" it will pickup T-Mobile and Orange signal :) has helped me a bit when traveling a long way. And whats great is you don't pay anything! its completely free and even when using T-Mobile signal your price plan will always remain the same. Sometimes Orange comes through for me :)
  24. klpowell

    klpowell TS Rookie Posts: 19

    And with this apple will never again backport new features to the older phones. Thanks to this lawsuit we will all have to by new phones to get the new features... Thanks!
  25. jwdR1

    jwdR1 TS Enthusiast Posts: 40   +29

    After the lawsuit, she'll be able to afford to.


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