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Apple Being Sued for Unwanted Download of iOS 7 Install File

When iOS 7 was released to the public, not everyone rushed to update to iOS 7 right away. Whether they don't like the new design or perhaps concerned of their device's performance, it's a fact that there are folks who held out on updating to iOS 7. Now, a California man has taken Apple to court over what he claims to be the "unwanted" download of iOS 7.

iOS 7 OTA Update

Mark Menacher has filed a small-claims complaint against Apple's CEO Tim Cook, asking for the removal of the iOS 7 install file. For the uninitiated, the iOS 7 install file is downloaded into the devices automatically whenever they are connected to power and a WiFi connection. The actual installation requires user interaction but users will be prompted each time they restart their device. Since this a major update, the install file can be as large as 1GB.

From CNET:

Some users were irked to discover this feature last month, which is designed to get users onto the latest version of Apple's iOS software, updates that often contain security fixes and new features. However in the case of iOS 7, it also means a brand new look and feel of the OS, along with potential compatibility issues with some pieces of software, and a sizable download that can take up 1GB or more. The software also cannot be downgraded within iTunes, or from on the device itself.

This is of course convenient for those who have already planned to update but not for those who doesn't want iOS 7. If you don't wish to update, then that's 1GB less from your available space that's basically useless. Menacher is asking for a way to remove the install file, as well as $50 for all his troubles. While it may seem paltry, it could lead to a big class action lawsuit.

According to Apple and some third-party tracking firms, iOS 7 has seen the fastest adoption rate of any version of iOS. However from the looks of it, it is quite possible that some of them are forced updates. So what do you think?

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    Peter3 years ago

    If u had a choice I would be on iOS 6.1.2