Apple is facing another court case, after two Miami, California residents filed a legal complaint for the misrepresentation of the 16GB storage option on iOS 8 supported devices.
Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara, the duo that filed the legal complaint, claim due to the removal of 20 percent of storage on iOS 8 devices, users cannot gain the full experience out of their device.
The amount of storage removed goes from 18.1 to 23.1 percent, quite a large amount considering 16GB is already a lackluster amount for most users.
iOS 8 is Apple’s largest mobile OS update, and takes up over 5GB of space. For 16GB storage owners, this might mean a full wipe of their media, in order to update to iOS 8.
Apple has already been under fire for continuing the 16GB storage option in 2014, deciding to remove the 32GB option instead. The move allowed Apple to better position the 64GB option, currently the most popular in the U.S.
Endara also argues that due to the lack of storage, Apple pushes its own cloud storage service, iCloud, to users. It makes sure some of the key features on iCloud are not available to other cloud providers either.
This is not only bad business practice, but it is creating unfair advantages on its own platform for financial gain. Apple, above all other tech companies, is known for using this tactic time and time again, to enforce its services.
Apple might have to give 16GB iDevice users some monetary apology or even change the labelling on the iPhone, iPod and iPad 16GB models, to show 10GB instead.