Apple Allegedly Breaks FaceTime On iOS 6 To Save Data Services Costings; Scheme Forced Users To Upgrade To iOS 7?
Apple is being accused of intentionally breaking FaceTime on iOS 6 to cut down costings on data services. Reportedly, a lady from California claimed that the Cupertino-based tech giant forced users on iOS 6 to upgrade to iOS 7 in order to save itself from huge expenses because of a deal with Akamai.
Akamai, the third-party content delivery and cloud services provider hired by Apple to host FaceTime calls, has handled a big portion of FaceTime calls that caused the company a huge amount of cash. However, it has come to the attention of the iPhone maker that it is losing a lot of cash just for FaceTime alone.
For this reason, Apple reportedly implemented a new system on how FaceTime should work on iOS 7. This apparently reduced the load from Akamai, saving the company a big stack of money.
Then, the company forced users to upgrade to iOS 7 by allegedly imposing a security certificate lapse to render FaceTime useless on iOS 6. This purportedly happened after some iOS 6 users refused to upgrade their devices after the release of iOS 7.
But this came as bad news for iPhone 4 and 4S owners as both devices were affected with system crashes and slow-running software after upgrading to iOS 7, Apple Insider reported. That being said, the class-action lawsuit filed against Apple claimed that the tech giant is liable for violating California's Unfair Competition Law and Trespass to Chattels, an infringement on the right of one's possession intentionally.
The complaint was backed up by a thread of internal emails according to Engadget, where a reply from Apple's Engineer Gokul Thirumalai reportedly stated that they "broke iOS 6." "We broke iOS 6, and the only way to get FaceTime working again is to upgrade to iOS 7," the email noted.
Apple users apparently thought that the FaceTime issue on iOS 6 at that time was only a bug that could be fixed through an upgrade. However, this was not the case if the claim will be proven true.