02 January 2016

We're Apple, We Don't Care. We Don't Have To.

We don't care, we don't have to … we're Apple.
Apple is being sued by Apple 4S users because the pushed an upgrade that rendered their phones about as useful as a third tit:
Lawyers in New York have filed a class action lawsuit against Apple, saying that the iOS 9 operating system upgrade slowed their older iPhone 4S handsets into uselessness.

"Plaintiff and other class members were faced with a difficult decision: use a buggy, slow device that disrupts everyday life or spend hundreds of dollars to buy another smartphone," reads the lawsuit spotted by Apple Insider.

When iOS 9 was released in September, the operating system was supposed to fix many of the faults of its predecessors. But the owners of more than 100 iPhone 4S handsets claim Apple knew the new OS would be virtually unusable on the older hardware but released it anyway to force people to upgrade.

To add insult to injury, Apple won't allow the aggrieved users to uninstall iOS 9 and go back to simpler times. So 4S owners are left stuck with sluggish screens, hanging apps, and lousy touch use, the lawsuit claims.

Apple's internal testing must have shown these effects while the operating system was being developed, but Cook & Co nevertheless advertised the new operating system's benefits without warning of obsolescent hardware, the plaintiff's lawyers argue.


One suspects Apple's response will be "well what did you expect?" The iPhone 4S runs a 32-bit A5 processor and packs 512MB of DDR2 RAM, compared to the iPhone 6S's A9 64-bit core with the M9 coprocessor and 2GB of DDR4 memory. Expecting similar performance ignores certain technical realities.
Actually, the scenario here is pretty straightforward.

Apple pushed an upgrade to inadequate hardware that could not handle it.

Either they did not do appropriate testing, or they did the testing, but decided that they could force users of old phones to upgrade.

In either case, Apple could have provided a downgrade option, or warned of the issues before the release, but they don't give a sh%$.

Class action lawsuits are the corporate ecosystem's way of making you give a sh%$.


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