Another day, another lawsuit. Apple has been hit with a second class action lawsuit claiming that the company failed to properly warn users that the new Wi-Fi Assist feature in iOS 9 will use data from their cellular plan.
Last month plaintiffs William Scott Phillips and Suzanne Schmidt Phillips sued Apple alleging that because of costs related to Wi-Fi Assist, the "overall amount in controversy exceeds" $5 million. Plaintiff William B. Cottrell has sued for basically the same thing in a lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Once users update to iOS 9, Wi-Fi Assist is turned on by default. Its goal is ensure a smooth Internet experience, switching to cellular data in the event that the user is connected to a weak Wi-Fi signal. AppleInsider notes that those who don't understand how Wi-Fi Assist works, or even that it exists, have alleged that the new feature has caused them to use more cellular data than anticipated. But the new class-action suit alleges it should be Apple who should reimburse customers for any overage
If I’m counting correctly, this is the ninth lawsuit (two involving Wi-Fi Assist and two involving Shanda Games) filed against Apple this year. A new class action lawsuit in July accused Apple of breaching contract by failing to provide new — or "equivalent to new" — devices when offering up replacement hardware under AppleCare+ warranties.
Probendi, an Irish software development studio, has filed an urgent procedure with a court in Milan protesting Apple’s use of the term "iWatch" in its ads..
In July Apple was sued by Shanghai Shulong Computer Technology (the parent company of Shanda Games) for alleged copyright infringement of The King Of Adventure, a mobile game sold in the Apple App Store. In June Shanda Games sued Apple, Huawei, C1wan.com and Beijing Zhuoyi Xunchuang Technology for unfair competition.
Comarco Wireless Technologies is suing Apple for patent infringement, claiming that the Cupertino, California-based company’s iPhone/iPad chargers infringe on its own patents. And battery manufacturerA123 Systems is suing the Cupertino, California-based company for “poaching employees."