Apple faces another lawsuit

Apple is set to be sued once again, this time for the introduction of a feature in the latest iOS, which uses mobile data when the wi-fi connection is too weak to function properly.

The wi-fi assist function was first introduced on iOS9, helping connectivity issues by switching between wi-fi and mobile data to keep connectivity at a premium, however many users have drummed up large data bills as a result, because the feature is auto-enabled.

The class-action lawsuit has been filed in California, and is based upon the claim that Apple had not properly explained the new feature in their update.

The majority of global Apple users have large data bundles in place, so would be unlikely to be affected by this, but the lawsuit represents more unwanted legal activity for the tech giant, who refused to comment.

$1 billion hit

Just a week ago, Apple was forced to pay out nearly $1 billion in compensation to Wisconsin University for infringing copyright on a patent from 1998, which improves processor performance on all Apple iPhones and iPads.

It is now though that as a result of the enormous payout, other universities may be encouraged to take on the giant corporation for other similarities in software design. Apple asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to invalidate the Wisconsin patent, a request that was refused and used as evidence against them in the case.

Apple also has somewhere in the region of 50 ongoing lawsuits against Samsung, each one suing and counter-suing each other in arguments about a number of patents and features. Apple has often been victorious in the US, while in Korea and Japan, judgements have tended to go the way of Samsung, somewhat unsurprisingly.