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iPhone 3G User Files Class Action Lawsuit Over iOS 4 Upgrade

Steve Jobs introduces iOS 4.1 update
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iPhone 3G users are mad as hell, and they’re not going to take it anymore! Incensed over what they claim are “unsavory, dishonest and deceptive business practices” on Apple’s part by crippling their devices with the iOS 4 update.

AppleInsider is reporting on the sensational details of the latest class action lawsuit against Apple, which was filed on October 29 by the law firm of Cohelan Koury & Singer in a San Diego County state court on behalf of their plaintiff, Bianca Wofford. The suit claims that Apple touted the iOS 4 upgrade as a “significant advance and triumph” for the iPhone 3G, but instead what Wofford received was a handset that effectively became a “virtually useless ‘iBrick.’”

Of course, Wofford wasn’t alone — the iOS 4 update wasn’t kind to many iPhone 3G users. The lack of multitasking aside, the update caused the device to act more sluggishly than before, a problem that was mostly resolved with the iOS 4.1 update almost three months later.

The suit notes that the plaintiff’s iPhone 3G went from being 99 percent reliable to “about 20 percent functionality” as a result of the upgrade. The plaintiff also claims that iOS 4 “rendered the iPhone 3G devices virtually unusable, constantly slowed, crashed or frozen” and she appears particularly hostile about the length of time it took Apple to address the problems.

At the heart of the lawsuit appears to be the fact that Apple does not allow downgrades for its iOS devices — with no way to revert back to iOS 3.x when iOS 4 didn’t work out, iPhone 3G users were faced with either dealing with it or buying a newer iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4, which the lawsuit seems to consider part of Apple’s “unsavory, dishonest and deceptive business practices.”

According to a separate report from Wired, the suit requires approval from a judge before it is granted class action status, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can read the entire lawsuit in PDF form and judge for yourself.

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This Could Be The Best Apple Lawsuit Ever!

Did you really think we could go for more than a few weeks without the mentioning a new Apple-centric lawsuit? Of course not.

This time around, a Taiwan-based monitor manufacturer called Proview is swearing up and down that they registered the name I-Pad back in 2000 to be used as a brand for a line of tablet computers that the company launched and subsequently watched fail. The name was, according to Proview, trademarked in Mexico, South Korea, the European Union, Thailand, China and Vietnam. By 2006, Proview felt that the trademarked I-Pad name was worth more than any product line that they could hope to launch. Consequentially, they sold off their trademark rights to the name for every country they’d established it in, with the exception of China. The purchase, made by an unknown American company called IP Application Development, was made for the meager sum of ,100. IP Application Development registered the I-Pad name in the United States this past January. So, who are these IP Application Development guys? Well, they’ve been connected to a shell company called Slate Computing, who in turn have been connected to–you guessed it–Apple.

What did Apple do with it? Have you heard of the iPad? It’s kind of a big deal.

So, where’s the lawsuit in all of this? It seems that Proview is miffed that they sold their intellectual property to Apple without knowing that they were dealing with Apple. It seems that they’re bitter over having been paid so little money for the rights to a name that has in essence, allowed Apple to basically print their own money. In an interview with the Financial Times, Proview’s chairman Yang Rongshan admitted that his company was “…in big financial trouble and the trademarks are a valuable asset that could help us sort out part of that trouble.”

Sigh.

Have no doubt that as soon as further information surrounding this sordid tale becomes available, we’ll let you know.

 

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