Well, just as we mentioned a few days ago, here are a few more updates on Apple’s foray into bricking their users’ phones. According to several attorneys from the US and the UK, Apple is guilty of criminal damage in Error 53 case.
Remember a few days back when we talked about how hundreds of thousands of iPhone users ended up with useless paperweights for phones after they updated their software to iOS 9? Well, there have been some developments, and they are pretty much what you’d expect.
The company just found itself in the middle of the second class action lawsuit involving iOS 9. The previous one is because of the fact that the new software update made older iPhone versions pretty much useless by slowing them down considerably. It looks like after that they decided to go one step beyond and turn the smart phones into expensive paperweights.
Error 53 popped up a few days ago, and it pretty much affects any iPhone that was in service in any other place except for Apple Stores. And since Apple Stores charge notoriously much for even the simplest tasks (changing a single button is apt to cost as much as $200), a very large number of Apple users discovered their phones were completely dead.
The Seattle based company filing the lawsuit says that Apple is obviously trying to force their users into using their highly overcharging services, which is a violation of consumer protection law. They urge all customers that suffered the nasty error to contact them in order to get in on the lawsuit.
Meanwhile, in Great Britain, Apple might actually be guilty of causing criminal damage. According to a UK barrister, the law states that any person that willingly or unwillingly destroys or damages the property belonging to another is guilty of an offense and liable to be prosecuted.
Apple, on the other hand, refused any further comments after the initial statement that the error is as intended, as a precaution that nobody unlawfully uses your smart phone. People are unsure of how to proceed, as the class action lawsuit has already been filed, but Apple still refuses to say anything.
With the dropping sales the company has seen since last summer, it’s quite obvious that the company has been trying to syphon as much money as they could in any way that they could, but it would seem like this time they overstepped their boundaries.
Tricking your customers into paying for your expensive, pointless, and overpriced services is one thing, but punishing them by breaking the products they already paid for when they don’t is another.
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