Apple is being sued by an iPhone 3G owner who alleges that the company crippled the handset with the new iOS upgrade on purpose to boost iPhone 4 sales.Biana Wofford has filed the lawsuit in the Superior Court of California for San Diego and aims to get her lawsuit elevated to class action status.
According to Wofford, “Apple has falsely, intentionally and repeatedly represented to owners and consumers of the iPhone 3G that its new operating system for the device, iOS4, was of a nature, quality, and a significant upgrade for the functionality of all iPhone devices.”
However, she said that the installation and use of iOS4 on the iPhone 3G resulted to a “device with little more use than that of a paper weight.”
While users can opt not to perform the update from iOS 3.x to iOS 4, users will not be able to get crucial fixes to bugs and exploits. Updating the iPhone 3G’s OS to iOS 4 will definitely slow down your phone, sometimes rendering it useless.
Wofford has also slammed Apple for its inability to provide a downgrade to a previous OS without being a ‘hacker’.
“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.