“To goose sales of its new iPhone 4, Apple told owners of its third-generation iPhone to download an operating system that the company knew would turn the 3G phones into a ‘device with little more use than that of a paper weight,’ irate customers say in a Superior Court class action,” Tim Hull reports for Courthouse News Service. “The lead plaintiff claims Apple’s ‘upgrade’ turned her phone into an ‘iBrick.'”
“Lead plaintiff Bianca Wofford says Apple told owners of its 3G and 3GS iPhones that the new iOS4 operating system was an upgrade,” Hull reports. “But she says the ‘upgrade’ made her phone slow and susceptible to crashes, turning an iPhone into an ‘iBrick.'”
Hull reports, “Wofford says there is no way to restore the third-generation phones’ operating system without using ‘hacker tactics.’ She claims that Apple intentionally created a ‘consumer Catch 22’ to get 3G users to switch to the new iPhone 4.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Hyperbole. Install iOS 4.1 already; it’s been available for nearly two months now. There you go. Case closed.