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iOS 8 Takes Up Too Much Storage, New Class Action Suit Says

by Todd Haselton | December 31, 2014December 31, 2014 9:00 am PDT

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A new class action lawsuit against Apple claims that iOS 8 consumes too much storage on Apple devices. The suit was recently filed in a federal court in Northern California, Silicon Beat said recently, and the plaintiffs believe Apple purposefully increased the size of iOS 8 so that it consumed too much space on entry-level iPhones and iPads and forced folks to pay for iCloud storage.

iOS 8 was such a large download that there were plenty of “how to” articles walking consumers through the steps to free up enough space to install the update, so you can see where the plaintiffs have some sort of an argument. “We feel that there are a substantial number of Apple consumers that have been shortchanged, and we’ll be pursuing claims vigorously,” one lawyer working on the case told Silicon Beat.

The lawsuit says Apple is purposefully using “sharp business tactics” to trick people into believing their iPhone has more capacity than it really does. Then, Apple will turn around and sell iCloud storage “in a desperate moment, when a consumer is trying to record or take photos at a child or grandchild’s recital, basketball game or wedding,” the suit says.

Apple provides 5GB of free iCloud space, but the suit seems to be more focused on limited local storage, and notes that iOS 8 consumes up to 18.1 percent of the available hard drive space on an iPhone 5s. Apple has not publicly responded to the lawsuit yet but, in its defense, this is also an industry wide problem that affects plenty of phones.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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