Class action lawsuit claims Apple knew iOS 4 would turn iPhone 3G into ‘iBrick’

“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.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hyperbole. Install iOS 4.1 already; it’s been available for nearly two months now. There you go. Case closed.


  1. Only in America!!! That’s one thing that’s never going to change in this country, stupid lawsuits for an easy $1. and you wonder why so many items are over priced, thank you lawyers.

  2. The upgrade works fine on my 3gs, but it significantly slowed down my wife and friend’s 3g iPhones. I have followed all the tips to remedy the situation on my wife’s phone to no avail. Some tips work, other do not, but it always returns to it’s sluggish state.

    I’m a huge Apple fan, but they screwed this one up. They should at least make it easier for users to downgrade.

  3. It slowed my old 3G some, certainly not a “brick.” I would have moved to the iPhone4 anyway, and I thought they fixed the 3G issue. I let my 5-year old use the 3G as a game iPod touch and it works great.

  4. @blah blah blah
    The article describes the problem as being both 3G and 3GS.
    Sorry, not a “huge difference”.

    I’m sorry, but Apple simply doesn’t play this way. Their money making strategy is to entice consumers with goodness, not force their hand by bricking hardware. That does not breed customer loyalty. If they wanted to force consumers to migrate to 4, they would have not let 3G and 3GS users upgrade to iOS4.

    That doesn’t absolve Apple of any blame here – the upgrade shouldn’t have bricked any phones. However, “thousands of phones” bricked when millions are deployed could easily be a very small percentage of units. The fact that the vast majority of 3G and 3GS were unaffected indicates that Apple was not using this as a strategy to force migration to iPhone 4. Either that or Apple is very bad at bricking their own phones, which we know is not the case.

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