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Lawsuit (Against Apple) of the Day: 'iBrick' OS Upgrade

Well, the people at Ars Technica say that "we all" saw this coming a mile away. I don't know that I'm one of "we all," since I just joined the iPhone cult a couple of months ago, but I guess I'm not surprised.

Somebody filed a putative class action against Apple in a California state court, claiming that the company maliciously released an operating system upgrade for its 3G and 3GS iPhones knowing the new release would jack those phones up something fierce. Why? So users would get frustrated and buy the iPhone 4, of course.

The suit claims that Apple knew all along that "upgrading" to the new operating system would turn the formerly mystical device into a "virtually useless 'iBrick.'" The Apple Insider calls the complaint "sensational." Meh. It reads like a pretty typical false advertising/deceptive business practices complaint to me. But, like I said, I'm no Apple addict.

Any techie and/or California readers care to make predictions on the outcome/settlement terms of this one?


Posted by Eric Lipman on November 4, 2010 at 11:35 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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