Within the technology world, Apple, Inc. is among the most progressive and admired of all major tech corporations. In June of 2007, with the introduction of the first iPhone model, the company's innovative iPods were expanded and improved upon to include Smartphone capabilities. Since that time, the company has released a total of six iPhone versions with each including improvements in speed and additions in technological capabilities.
In addition to the release of new iPhone versions, Apple also routinely releases software updates which it publicizes as improving the function and speed of both current and past models. One of these updates, iOS 9 is currently at the center of a class-action lawsuit which more than 100 iPhone 4 owners have joined.
According to the lawsuit, when used to update an iPhone 4, Apple's iOS 9 "significantly interferes with iPhone 4's performance." While on its website, Apple touted the update as providing customers with "faster performance, improved security, convenient updates and longer battery life," according to the lawsuit, iPhone 4 owners who upgraded to iOS 9 were left with iPhones that were significantly slower, unreliable and essentially "no longer functional for normal use."
In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs not only claim that the problems they experienced with their iPhone 4s were directly caused by the iOS 9 update, but also that Apple had full knowledge that such problems would occur. Additionally, despite knowing that iOS 9 would severely inhibit the functionality and use of the iPhone 4 model, Apple failed to warn or notify iPhone 4 owners.
The plaintiffs are seeking damages in excess of $5 million.
Source: Apple Insider, "Lawsuit seeks more than $5M from Apple for slowing older iPhones with iOS 9 upgrade," Mikey Campbell, Dec. 29, 2015
United States District Court Eastern District of New York, Chaim Lerman vs. Apple, Inc., Case No. 1:15-cv-07381-SJ-LB, Filed Dec. 29, 2015