Apple Inc. (AAPL) Sued Over Storage Size Of iOS 8 On iPhones, iPads

Apple’s latest OS has gotten into trouble for several reasons since it was launched, and it has attracted yet another problem. The company is facing a lawsuit over it. The issue has been taken to the court by two plaintiffs who complained that their iPhones and iPads which the company claimed came with an internal storage of 16GB, didn’t have that much storage and that the OS occupies too much space on their devices.

Class-action status being asked

In a lawsuit filed in California, Miami residents Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara blame Apple for “storage capacity misrepresentations and omissions” related to 8GB and 16GB iPhones, iPads and iPods, says a report from CBS News. Orshan owns two iPhone 5 handsets and two iPads, while Endara had an iPhone 6. Both claim that the upgrades to the operating system take up around 23% of the storage space on the devices. A graph detailing the impact of iOS 8 on different devices has also been included in the lawsuit.

Both Orshan and Endara are seeking class-action status for their lawsuit and want others with 16GB devices to join them. Apart from accusing Apple of “material misrepresentations” and “omissions to prospective purchasers,” the lawsuit also accuses the company of “misrepresentations and omissions to owners of Devices with predecessor operating systems.”

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According to the lawsuit, such misrepresentations and omissions force users to upgrade from earlier versions of iOS to iOS 8. Also the company has failed to disclose that moving from iOS 7 to iOS 8 will cost the user 600 MB and 1.3 GB of storage space, “a result that no consumer could reasonably anticipate.”

Apple has also been accused of taking advantage of shrinking storage by pushing its monthly-fee-based iCloud storage system. The lawsuit argues that first Apple offers less storage capacity than what it advertises, and then it sells more storage in a “desperate moment.” As of now, there have been no comments from Apple about the issue.

Apple has faced issues with storage space in the past also. According to The Verge, it won a lawsuit regardin the amount of advertised storage in iPods in 2007. The lawsuit claimed the 8GB iPod Nano had 7.45GB of usable storage.