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Apple Sued Over iPhone Storage

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When your average person runs out of storage space on your device–be it an iPhone, iPad, Android phone or laptop–the common sense thing to do is either delete something to make space, or to find alternative ways to store things (ie. cloud storage). But, now you have a new option: sue Apple.

A class action lawsuit (that takes up a whopping 18 pages) was brought against Apple on Tuesday claiming that the newest operating system iOS 8 and the ‘root partition’ on which programming files are saved takes up more space on the iPhone than is necessary, essentially shortchanging users of the storage they paid for. The report claims that iOS 8 can take up between 18.1% and 23.1% of storage space on iPhones, iPods or iPads and alleges that while Apple does state that the actual storage space is less than advertised in footnotes, the space taken is more than consumers are aware. The report goes further to suggest that Apple is taking more memory than necessary in order to make more money:

“Using these sharp business tactics, defendant gives less storage capacity than advertised, only to offer to sell that capacity in a desperate moment, e.g., when a consumer is trying to record or take photos at a child or grandchild’s recital, basketball game or wedding,”

Of course, I would think it would be common knowledge that your OS is going to take up space, but who knows. I do know that iPhones don’t have SD card slots, and I don’t believe that they are compatible with other cloud storage options, which does make Apple pretty much the only bet if you really NEED additional storage space. Still, I can’t help but feel like this is a rather ridiculous complaint. After all, on some Windows tablets, the OS takes up around 50% of the storage. Suddenly 20% is looking pretty nice, isn’t it?