Apple Sued over iOS 9 Wi-Fi Assist Feature

Apple Faces $5M Lawsuit Over iOS 9 Wi-Fi Assist Feature

The tech giant is accused of violating the California’s Unfair Completion Law and False Advertising Law.

A U.S-based couple filed a $5M class action lawsuit against Apple, claiming that the company failed to explain how Wi-Fi Assist feature in iOS 9 may increase the consumption of cellular data package.

The couple claims that the feature in question is switched on by default, due to which it automatically starts using cellular data whenever the Wi-Fi connection is weak. This resulted in an increase in their mobile data consumption for which they are claiming $5 million in damages.

“Reasonable and average consumers use their iPhones for streaming of music, videos, and running various applications — all of which can use significant data. Defendant’s corrective statement does not disclose any basis for its conclusion that an average consumer would not see much increase in cellular usage”, the couple stated in the lawsuit.

The company has been accused of violating California’s Unfair Competition Law and False Advertising Law.

The Cupertino-based company realized its mistake and updated its website to add information about the feature and how it works.

 

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