Apple gains full closure of iMessage purgatory lawsuit opened as a number of plaintiffs complained that Apple was deliberately holding back iMessages from reaching Android devices.
Judge Lucy Koh overseeing the lawsuit had already prevented it from becoming a class-action case. Now, the lawsuit has been dismissed altogether as it turns out the plaintiffs had in fact gotten rid of the iPhones they had just after the lawsuit began.
It was thus impossible to demonstrate that the texts which were sent to their numbers reached the right devices or not. Initially, three plaintiffs were part of the lawsuit against Apple. One dropped out, Adam Backhaut and a friend as the only two plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Apple. With the latest decision of judge Lucy Koh, Apple gains full closure of iMessage purgatory lawsuit. This week’s ruling contained only three lines, accurately and briefly putting the case to rest.
At the heart of the lawsuit was the allegation that once former iPhone users switched to other mobile operating systems, messages sent to their phone numbers never reached their new devices. For instance, if you kept the same phone number you had while being one of the iPhone users when you switched to an Android smartphone, Cupertino would see the number still associated with the iPhone and send messages there.
It seems that the problem could be easily solved. While it was true that an error could do that, it was certainly not Apple’s intention to divert messages for iPhone users who switched to other mobile operating systems. How to solve the puzzle: if iMessages is turned off on the soon-to-be-replaced iPhone, then these move freely between devices. The online tool to do that was released by the Cupertino-based company as the iMessage purgatory lawsuit ensued.
With no evidence and the iPhones being thrown out, as well as one of the plaintiffs withdrawing, Apple gains full closure of iMessage purgatory lawsuit.
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