Apple is facing a new class-action lawsuit in California, this time from users unhappy about how much storage space iOS 8 takes up on their devices. Their complaint focuses not only on newer iOS devices like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but older devices as well.
Apple may have scored a major victory in its recent iTunes antitrust case this week, but the wins keep on coming. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers said on Wednesday that Steve Jobs' deposition, videotaped shortly before his death in 2011, will not be made public.
Apple has won the lawsuit brought against it by disgruntled iPod owners. The group alleged that the company behaved in an anti-competitive manner by keeping competing devices from using their music ecosystem. The jury found that Apple did not act improperly.
Though it is set to wrap up this week, the drama in Apple's iPod antitrust case heated up again today as lawyers for each side gave their closing arguments. While lawyers for the plaintiffs argued that Apple had no right to restrict access to competing services and devices, Apple's lawyers simply stated that there was no basis for the case in the first place.
Despite Apple's efforts to toss out a class-action lawsuit over iTunes DRM and locking the iPod, U.S. district judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said that the suit must continue. After Apple's investigation late last week revealed that neither representing plaintiffs in the suit are qualified to make claims as they had purchased their iPods outside of the window stated for the suit, Judge Rogers said she will hold a hearing for selection of new plaintiff representatives.
Apple's appeal to throw out the class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of all current and former Apple Store employees in California and corporate staff has been denied. The suit alleges that the Mac-maker had violated labor codes by denying employees breaks, and lawyers in the suit claim Apple owes these employees unpaid back wages.
In a recorded deposition played in court Friday during the $350 million class-action suit filed against Apple over locking out competing services to iTunes from consumers' iPods, Steve Jobs echoed the same sentiments that were given as testimony by current executives earlier in the week. Jobs said that Apple had an obligation to patch holes and prevent hacks by updating its software continuously to protect its relationships with the record labels, which provided Apple with their catalog of music to sell on iTunes.
Lawyers in the $350 million class-action suit filed against Apple over DRM issues with iTunes withdrew one of their two plaintiffs in the case after it was discovered that the person did not purchase an iPod during the period in question. Lawyers accused Apple of locking the iPod to digital music purchased from iTunes from September 2006 through March 2009 and it appears that one of the plaintiffs did not purchase an Apple music player during that time frame.
The $350 million lawsuit brought against Apple over iTunes issues could end in Apple's favor if the federal judge deems the case lacks a legitimate plaintiff. At issue is that Apple's lawyers claim that the plaintiffs in the case may not have purchased iPod models that are the focus of the trial where Apple is accused of stifling competition by not allowing music purchased from an iTunes-rival service to be loaded onto the company's iconic iPod music players.