Apple lawsuit claims iOS is eating up too much storage space
Back in the early days of 2014 we took a look at a breakdown of several popular phones, ranking them all based on how much storage space was actually available to users. Apple appeared to be doing quite well, with both the iPhone 5S and 5C arriving with between 70 and 80 percent of their total storage (for the 16GB models) available out of the box – compare that with Samsung and the Galaxy S4, which had less than 55 percent of its space free. But even Apple’s relatively small iOS footprint there isn’t good enough for some people, and now a new class-action lawsuit seeks to hold Apple accountable for iPhones that don’t come with as much free space as shoppers might expect.
The suit appears to make a number claims, from iOS 8 simply taking up too much space in the first place (harping on Apple’s “biggest ever” language it used when promoting the release), to the suggestion that Apple’s intentionally leaving users with less free space than they desire, with the goal of selling them extra iCloud storage to make up for it.
Does the lawsuit have any legs? Well, maybe. Apple’s managed to deflect similar allegations in the past, but an outright dismissal would require the case coming up before just the right judge. Will Apple’s warnings when advertising iPhone storage options that users will find “actual formatted capacity less” than those nice, round 16GB or 64GB numbers be deemed sufficient, or should we be talking about formatting losses and operating system requirements separately? Apple’s lawyers may be asking themselves something very similar right about now.