A legal complaint has been filed against Apple over the amount of usable storage space in iPhones and iPads.
Two Miami residents say that the 16GB iPhones and iPads they purchased have less than half that amount in usable storage space. They go on to say that this was reduced further after updating to iOS 8.
The lawsuit alleges that Apple "doesn't inform users just how much storage its new operating system will eat up." According to the case, iOS 8 takes up approximately 23.1% of the advertised storage capacity on Apple devices. It goes on to say that Apple pushes users to buy more cloud storage via its own iCloud service.
The complaint notes, "Depending on the device they purchase, consumers who install iOS 8 allegedly receive substantially less storage than advertised, ranging from 18.1 percent for the iPhone 5s to 23.1 percent for the iPod.” It adds, “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.”
Apple states that the actual formatted storage space available on devices may be less than advertised. However, the case responds to this claim by saying that “most consumers are unaware."