iPhone 5 Class Action Suit Hits Apple
Published 21/12/2015 | 11:08
iPhone manufacturer Apple is has just been hit with a lawsuit relating to excessive Wi-Fi use by its iPhone 5 smartphone
The Apple iPhone 5 may have been succeeded by several handsets (namely the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s) since its launch, but that hasn't stopped a class action suit in the United States from landing on the Cupertino company's doorstep recently. The suit alleges that the handset features a glitch that has inadvertantly run up huge mobile data for unsuspecting users, and more damning still is the fact that the company only issued a fix for users on one mobile network, ignoring the rest.
According to the claim, filed by Californian law firm Hagens Berman, Apple should not only have made users aware of the issue, but ensured that a software update fixing it was made available to everyone, regardless of their network of choice. The claim reads:
"In the iPhone 5 and 5S, when a consumer streamed high volumes of data for a period of 10-20 minutes, the GPU would take over all video decompression, decoding and presentation to the display. Because the Swift CPU no longer played a role in the video decompression, decoding and presentation process, the Swift CPU would go to sleep to conserve battery life. Once the Swift CPU was asleep, the iPhone 5 and 5S would automatically switch from streaming data via a Wi-Fi signal to streaming data via a cellular signal."
While there's no reports of a similar issue on more recent handsets, most likely because the issue was rectified across the board in October 2014 when iOS 8.1 launched, Hagens Berman believes that not enough was done, and is actively searching out AT&T customers who faced what it calls illegal increases to their data charges.
Apple has yet to issue a statement on the suit.