Apple’s being sued because iOS 8 takes up so much space

Apple isn’t a stranger to being sued, but someone is trying their hand at it yet again. The problem this time is iOS 8 taking up so much storage space on iOS devices.

According to the lawsuit, iOS 8 takes up a lot more space than previous iterations of the operating system, up to 23.1% on some devices, which isn’t mentioned in any advertising material.

The lawsuit also claims that Apple has been trying to sell more iCloud storage to compensate for missing storage:

Using these sharp business tactics, 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

It is obvious why storage space might be a sore issue for iOS users, especially if their devices only have 16GB of storage space. Unlike many Android and Windows Phones, iOS users can’t expand their internal storage with a microSD card if they run out of room.

The lawsuit itself has been filed in California, but since iOS 8 has been installed on around two thirds of iOS devices (a fact Apple has been more than happy to brag about) then it could be an expensive settlement if Apple loses.

Tom Pritchard