$5 Million Lawsuit Claims Apple Slowed Down iPhone 4S With iOS 9

$5 Million Lawsuit Claims Apple Slowed Down iPhone 4S With iOS 9

Apple is being sued over “misleading” people by touting iOS 9 as being compatible with iPhone 4S. To recall, when Apple launched iOS 9 in September this year, it said the iPhone 4S was compatible with its latest operating.

The plaintiff claims that his and other people’s iPhone 4S had significantly slowed down and become “inoperable” after upgrading to the newest version of company’s mobile operating system.

Chaim Lerman on December 29 lodged a class action lawsuit with a New York district court in which he asserts that Apple has engaged in deceptive trade practices and false advertisement by peddling iOS 9 as compatible with older iPhone handsets. He added that iOS 9 has caused performance issues such as slow response and launch time and freeze on his smartphone, leaving him with no choice but to spend hundreds of dollars on a new iPhone. Lerman seeks more than $5 million (roughly Rs. 332,063,997) from Apple.

Lerman also claimed that Apple was aware through “internal testing” or other means that iOS 9 will impose negative impacts, but the company didn’t shy from making false claims. He added that the Cupertino giant didn’t warn iPhone 4S users that iOS update could potentially impose compatibility issues.

“Plaintiff and other owners of the iPhone 4S were harmed when their devices’ software was updated to the newest version, iOS 9,” the lawsuit reads (via AppleInsider). “The update significantly slowed down their iPhones and interfered with the normal usage of the device, leaving Plaintiff with a difficult choice: use a slow and buggy device that disrupts everyday life or spend hundreds of dollars to buy a new phone.”

A week after the launch of new iPhone models – iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus – Apple released iOS 9. The software version supports a range of devices going as back as iPhone 4S, which was launched in 2011. Due to hardware limitations – fewer RAM (512MB) and a dated processor – many users have pointed out that their iPhone 4S didn’t work as efficiently after the update.

Because of the nature of how software updates work on Apple’s ecosystem, a user who has upgraded to iOS 9 cannot go back to iOS 8. There are ways one could forcefully install an older version of iOS, but the technical expertise required to do it isn’t something most people will be comfortable with, and besides, it could also void their warranty.

This isn’t the first time Apple has been dragged to the court over performance issues on its iPhone models. In October, the company was sued over iOS 9’s Wi-Fi Assist feature that forced the iPhone to use cellular data over Wi-Fi. In the past, the company has also been sued for the amount of storage iOStakes on an iPhone, which makes it difficult for users with 8GB or 16GB of iPhone variant to upgrade to the new software version – or even the update files.

Apple iOS 9.2 update boosts Music, News, Mail, iBooks, and connecting digital cameras

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Apple released iOS 9.0 on September 16, 2015. Less than three months later, they released its second major point update. Here’s a summary of what’s new and what’s fixed:

The Music app now lets you create a playlist when adding the first song. More useful, however, is that the most recently changed playlist is listed at the top when adding new songs to a playlist. This lets you create new playlists a lot faster. Albums and playlists can be downloaded from your iCloud Music Library. But custom playlists created on your device requires Apple’s paid iTunes Match service to let you upload a playlist to the iCloud Music Library. If you download a song from your library, a tiny checkbox now appears in between the song title and the song time length. And if you enjoy classical music, you can finally see works, composers, and performers while browsing that genre in the Apple Music catalog.

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Apple’s News app, which was introduced with iOS 9.0, gained a Top Stories section (at least if you are in the US, UK, or Australia). The News app will ask you if you want to add Top Stories to your Favorites when you launch the app after updating to iOS 9.2. If you have a lot of categories in your Favorites, you will have to scroll down until you find “News Top Stories.” If Apple considers this a destination section, it should have bubbled it up to the top of the list.

Mail Drop is a feature that was reportedly available during beta testing of iOS 9, but pulled out before the final 9.0 release. Now it’s back, and lets you send large file attachments by storing the large file in iCloud instead of directly attaching it to the mail message. The file does not count against your iCloud storage quota. The attachment stored in iCloud expires after 30 days (Ref: Apple Support HT203093 Mail Drop limits).

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If you have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, iBooks now lets you use 3D Touch to peek and pop out pages from the table of contents. The iBook app also lets you listen to an audiobook while performing other activities within the app, such as browsing your library, looking through the store for a new book, or even reading a book.

iOS 9.2 lets you connect Apple’s $29 Lightning to USB Camera Adapter directly to your digital camera to import photos. If you look at the comments section for this product in Apple’s Store, you’ll find some people have also been using this adapter to connect USB microphones and MIDI keyboards.

The iOS 9.2 update also includes a large number of improvements and bug fixes related to Safari, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, AirDrop, and more. One fix is particularly interesting to me. It is described as “Fixing an issue that prevented some manual iCloud Backups from completing.” Although backing up to iCloud works from my iPhone 6 Plus, my aging-but-still-useful iPad 2 has not been able to backup to iCloud since upgrading to iOS 9.0. We will see if this update fixes this specific problem.

2Do Task Management iOS Applications Receive Push Sync

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After Announcing that push synchronisation would be arriving on their iOS applications last month, the rollout of the new feature has now taken place and provides 2Do iOS users with the ability to quickly synchronise tasks between their Apple devices.

The 2Do task manager application is an excellent solution for managing projects and to-do lists and is currently available on Android, iOS and Mac.

Although the push synchronisation has not yet arrived on Mac systems the applications developers explain that this feature will be rolling out very soon to the desktop client. They also answered a number of questions asked about how the new push sync feature functions :

Immediately after releasing Push sync for iOS last night (in 2Do v3.6 – and yes, it’s coming to the Mac very soon), we’ve read some great feedback but have also been approached by the inquisitive and the concerned – and rightly so – asking “So, how do you do it? Does our private data even transfer over a secure connection? Do you save any of our private stuff on your servers? Do you keep track of our tasks in order to determine which device syncs what, when and how? How exactly are you pushing this information from device to device?”

These are all amazing questions, and for all these amazing questions, we’ve got one amazing answer: “Our Push sync solution is perhaps the most secure in the entire universe!” Woah! Did we just say that? No seriously, we aren’t insane – at least not yet. The question is, how on earth can we make such a bold statement? And to think, we don’t even know how to spell encrypshion (that was deliberate!). You see, the most secure form of communication is … when you have absolutely no communication at all.

That’s right! 2Do makes all this happen without actually communicating anything with anyone (communication quite literally involves an exchange of information between two or more parties). It shares no private data, or even public for that matter, with any server / device / human / satellite / living or non-living thing. That’s how we’re able to pull it off on top of all the existing sync solutions supported: Dropbox, Reminders, Toodledo, Fruux, Yahoo! and Custom 3rd party CalDAV servers.

For more information on the new 2Do push synchronisation iOS application feature jump over to the official 2Do blog for more details and answers to the questions.

Google Maps for iOS Gets Night Mode, Place Labels, and More

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Google Maps for iOS has been updated to add a Night mode to the app, alongside other features. The new update bumps the version number to 4.9.0, and the app is now available to download from the App Store.The addition of Night mode to the Google Maps app means that users can navigate route easily during dark hours without the screen bothering them with its bright white display. The new feature in Google Maps is built-in, and doesn’t require any changes. The Night Mode in Google Maps for iOS works only during night time and in the turn-by-turn navigation mode.The new update also adds the option to label places that will appear on the map and in search suggestions. Other changes include an edit option for already posted photo captions, and bug fixes.

Google last month introduced ‘Your Timeline’ feature which was heavily based on the Google Maps service and was created to let users visualise ‘real-world routines’, trips of places and glimpses of locations where users visited. The new feature could be found in Google Maps app and Web interface, and essentially provided a more user-friendly view of the user’s location history with the ability to edit and delete.

Back in June, Google Maps rolled out the feature to send directions of any location to their Apple devices, right from the desktop. The Google Maps feature however required users to enable notifications on the mobile device. The option “sent from desktop apps” could be found within the notifications section of the Google Maps app for iOS.