Apple decided to change the storage options in 2014, moving from 16, 32 and 64GB to 16, 64 and 128GB, removing the 32GB option instead of the ageing 16GB version.
If this change wasn’t disastrous enough for budget buyers, the iOS 8 update is Apple’s “biggest update” since the launch of the mobile OS, taking up around 5GB of iOS devices.
Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara from Miami, California are not happy with Apple’s big update and small storage space, and contend that Apple is misrepresenting the actual storage amount.
On all iDevices sold on Apple’s Store, users will lose 18.1 to 23.1 percent storage as soon as they boot up the device, due to the huge amount of storage iOS 8 takes.
According to Endara, who filed the legal complaint earlier this week, the lack of storage makes iDevices impossible to use, because media takes up so much storage and Apple does not offer microSD cards or third-party cloud storage options.
Apple pushes its iCloud service as the solution to all of the storage issues, but the prices do not match some other providers, and unfortunately Apple locks some of the cloud storage features away from third-parties.
Storage complaints have not just started, in 2007 Apple had to fight a legal complaint on its iPod, after users lost 7.5 percent of storage in an update. Microsoft also settled a legal complaint, after the Windows 8.1 update took over half of the Surface’s internal storage.
Apple could be in an even worse position, due to the lack of external memory ports and cloud solutions. It might be forced to rename the 16GB version of iPods, iPads and iPhones to 10GB, but Apple will no doubt fight these allegations to the bitter end.
The death of the 32GB storage option is a sad one, considering it would do well in the current market with all of the different apps and media people use on an iPhone or iPad, however, the 16GB option gives Apple more 64GB customers.