Angry 3G Owner Sues Apple for “Bricking” Her iPhone


According to this story on Wired, a California resident, Bianca Wofford, has become so fed up with the way her phone runs on the new iOS 4 upgrade, that she's taken Apple to court. The suit was filed in San Diego sometime last week, and as usual, Apple still has nothing to say in response.

Listen, I can understand Apple's desire to continually upgrade and improve their software. As a developer, I love the fact that they are always giving me new toys to play with. However, as a 3G owner, I'm also increasingly frustrated by the way my phone responds to simple tasks, often freezing up, and on occasion, freezing up completely. 

I also receive countless updates from app customers, complaining that my software doesn't work the same on the 3G as it does on the iPhone 4, a problem that they are right to complain about. 

It will be interesting to see where this lawsuit goes, and though I don't expect a happy resolution, I'm confident that this will at least serve as an official notice to Apple that they should consider the implications of backwards compatibility, as well as forward compatibility, when creating new phones and operating systems.

Of course, the real issue here is that most people refuse to upgrade to an iPhone 4 simply because they're waiting to switch to Verizon, meaning they're stuck with a crappy phone and buggy software. What do you think? Does your 3G or 3GS run well on iOS 4+ or is it buggier than ever? Let us know in the comments.


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