Back in 2008 when the first iPhone with 16GB storage was released, 16GB made sense for the average user. At this point, 16GB is not enough even for average smartphone users. Unlike 2008, iPhone takes HD videos and pictures which take way more storage than a picture or video taken with a 2008 model of an iPhone. Apart from that, applications on the App Store are also bigger than they were back when the App Store was launched. Because of this, it’s debatable whether Apple has not gotten rid of their 16GB model to increase their iCloud subscription or because they believe 16GB is enough for the average user. There were even rumors that Apple was going to abandon the 16Gb iPhone and make the 32GB the default model starting with the iPhone 6. Unfortunately, this was one of the iPhone 6 rumors that turned out to be false.
The company is now being sued for allegedly not informing its users how much storage iOS 8 takes up on their devices. The suit, filed in Bay Area’s federal court on Tuesday, claims that iOS 8 consumes as much as 21.1% of the device storage space, leaving the users with way less amount of usable storage for their content- as reported by SiliconBeat. William Anderson, the plaintiffs’ attorney of Cuneo Gilbert & Laduca, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm, seeks damages compensation and hopes that Apple changes its policies under California state law.
The plaintiffs explain that these are Apple’s business tactics in order to increase their iCloud subscriptions when a user urgently needs more storage in the device. “Using these sharp business tactics, the 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.