Apple Sued Over Excessive Storage Space Used by iOS 8



According to a report by SiliconBeat, Apple has been hit by a new lawsuit filed in the federal court at Bay Area yesterday, which alleges that the company doesn’t inform its users just how much storage its new operating system will use. The case claims that iOS 8 can take up as much as 23.1% of the advertised storage capacity on iPhones, iPods and iPads, but only a few users know about this fact at the time they make their iOS device purchases.

“We feel that there are a substantial number of Apple consumers that have been shortchanged, and we’ll be pursuing the claims vigorously,” said William Anderson, a lawyer at Cuneo Gilbert & Laduca, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm.

“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,” plaintiffs allege in the complaint.

A spokeswoman for Apple declined to comment.

The plaintiffs are now seeking damages and changes to Apple policies under California state law, while hoping to represent “sweeping classes of users who bought Apple gadgets with iOS 8 already installed and users who upgraded to the latest version of the software”.

The report also notes that a couple of years back, Apple had fended off similar claims beating back a Canadian case that alleged the company misled consumers about the amount of storage on the iPod.


  • Biggy604

    Entitlement at its finest lol, why not sue all OS makers for using up storage space for their respected OS’s lol

    Microsoft, Linux, Blackberry, Google lol

  • hub2

    Not the same. OSX Yosemite takes up maybe 10% of a 128 GB flash drive in a Macbook Air. That is still acceptable.

    iOS5 took a mere 700 MB or 4% on an entry-level iPhone 3GS with 16 GB storage. But Apple hasn’t increased this base storage on current-generation iPhones for FIVE YEARS (3GS, mid-2009)!

    iOS8 at around 5 GB takes up 31% or almost 1/3 the space on the entry-level 16 GB iPhones, or 63% of the 8 GB iPhone 5c that Apple still sells new.

    Did you ridicule Microsoft in 2012 when their Surface Windows RT took up half the storage in a 32 GB device? If so (and you should have), you have no excuse for letting Apple off the hook now.

  • Biggy604

    Im not letting anyone off the hook lol microsoft is the worse offender of taking up storage space with their Windows OS’s especially with their security updates.

    Im just stating that everyone lately is lawsuit happy these days.

    With Apple’s iPhone Im more annoyed by battery life after a major iOS update. After iOS 8 the battery life of my iPhone 5 is rediculously short (and that is also already having a bettry replacement early this year). My battery can go from 100% to 40% in less then 2 hours, thats from online browsing/playmg music when before iOS 8 it would take almost the whole day before it reached that.

  • Dave

    iOS 8 does not take up 5 gigs. It takes up closer to 2 GB.

    Regardless, this whole lawsuit is absurd. Tech companies have been listing the total size of their hard drives since the dawn of computing. The idea that Apple can be sued for listing the actual size, instead of listing the amount of free space – is absurd. This lawsuit is nothing but a case of vultures looking to make a quick buck.

  • Riddlemethis

    I called it back in September. IOS is a memory and resource hog. The screwed up big time with maintaining the meager memory size of 1 GB of RAM when iOS 8 uses more than half of that. It’s also about a third larger, if not mistaken than iOS 7.x

  • Riddlemethis

    and how much ram does IOS 8 take? a lot more. almost a third more than ios 7. that’s why i didnt upgrade. also, people complaining about apps crashing with ios 8 isn’t uncommon,

    apple didn’t think things through. maybe this lawsuite will shake things up. there was a lawsuit about being unable to delete the automatic downloading of iOS updates to your device. after ioS 7, you now can but you still can’t downgrade.

    incidently, samsung devices also consume a lot of ram and very little is left due to their abundance bloatware.

    when i mean ram, i am not referring to storage capacity eg. 16,32, 128 GB etc. google with their nexus (vanilla) devices use the least amount of ram.

  • Riddlemethis

    with MS, after each update, your PC runs slower and slower until you’re so frustrated, you decide to buy a new PC. However, if you reformatted your HD and installed the same raw windows cd that came with your PC, your PC will run as smooth as butter if you don’t install any other applications or any updates. this reminds me of Apple 😉

  • rippedoff

    I think we should sue seagate. They sold me a 1gb hard drive but never told me i needed some of that space to install an operating system on if i use it as a primary drive. I paid for a 1gb drive and thats what I demand to store my applications, pictures and documents on. They should advertise this as a 990MB drive. They lied to me!! I demand justice!!

  • Chrome262

    I bought the 32gig, so so I didn’t have to worry. But then again its really only 26 gig (beyond me why its so low out of the box, it should of been 30 but whatever), so I haven’t noticed, but it is a big chunk I am sure.

  • Steve

    The people making money in this class action are the lawyers.