Apple sued for concealing a ‘defect’ in iPhone 5/5s models

Another day, another lawsuit. As noted by AppleInsider, some iPhone owners are suing Apple on Thursday for allegedly concealing a defect that caused iPhone 5 and 5s models to switch away from Wi-Fi to cellular data without users' knowledge, resulting in high cellular bills. If I’m counting correctly, this is the 13th lawsuit filed against Apple this year.

According to the class action complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the flaw was first discovered in 2012 shortly after Apple launched iPhone 5 and the iOS 6 mobile operating system. But. according to the lawsuit, soon after the iPhone 5’s release, consumers began noticing a pattern that Apple “had not advertised when it introduced the iPhone 5.”

“Despite being connected to Wi-Fi signals, iPhone 5 purchasers experienced massive surges in the amount of cellular data they were using each month. Because most cellular plans, at that time, only allowed consumers a limited amount of data each month for a set price and charged more for any data overages, consumers, who were typically monitoring their usage to avoid overages, began to routinely exceed their data limits and incur hefty fees as a result,” the complaint reads. “Many felt compelled to increase their monthly subscription data plan limits in order to avoid the costly additional and unpredictable penalty charges.”

The case hasn’t been assigned a judge and isn’t yet scheduled for hearing.