There are no good times for Apple in terms of legislation . And is that after its numerous patent litigation, market movements tending to monopoly , problems with the European Commission or the degree of accuracy of its specifications , Now finds himself involved in another scandal in California.
In this new suit accuses the Cupertino neither more nor less than to force its users to go from iOS 6 to iOS 7 deliberately charging FaceTime , disabling in this regard the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s. Scheduled obsolescence is a reality in the technological world, but this sounds very murky, right?
Once they got caught up, at Apple they began to investigate to develop a new technology of their own and thus to reduce FaceTime , based on the previous technology, the peer-to-peer standard but respecting patents, something that achieved with iOS 7, moment in the That FaceTime changed for all its users.
But people who stayed with iOS 6 forced Apple to continue paying Akami, so Apple opted to give them an ultimatum in a sibylline way: either they went to iOS 7 or FaceTime was vacated due to an important digital certificate that expired soon . It is precisely this coercion that is being investigated by law.
Apple explained this "bug" as follows:
IF YOU'VE STARTED HAVING PROBLEMS WITH FACETIME CALLS AFTER APRIL 16, 2014, YOUR DEVICE OR YOUR FRIENDS' DEVICE MAY HAVE EXPERIENCED A BUG FROM A DEVICE CERTIFICATE THAT EXPIRES ON THAT DATE. UPDATING BOTH DEVICES TO THE LATEST SOFTWARE WILL SOLVE THIS PROBLEM
But it does not finish here. One of the plaintiffs' lawyers has come to cite a chain of emails among the company's engineers who directly evidence this practice deliberately. Of course, updating to iOS 7 on terminals of a certain age has had a direct impact on its speed, system crashes and other faults that drive the user to acquire a new device. Come on, what is known as scheduled obsolescence.
Via | 9to5Mac