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Florida court dismisses lawsuit alleging Apple intentionally ‘broke’ FaceTime on older iPhones

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Apple has come across a small victory in Florida this week, with a federal court tossing out a lawsuit claiming the company intentionally broke FaceTime for users of older iPhone models. The lawsuit specifically alleged Apple broke FaceTime “to avoid costly transmitting services.”

Back in 2017, Apple was hit with a class action lawsuit in California claiming it intentionally broke FaceTime for users of older iPhones and iPads. A similar lawsuit emerged last August in Florida, again accusing Apple of breaking FaceTime on devices running iOS 6 and earlier.

And in February, Apple agreed to settle the lawsuit in California. But meanwhile, a federal court in Florida has ruled today that the claims “are untimely and must be dismissed,” Bloomberg Law says. So while Apple has agreed to settle the lawsuit in California, it’s now off the hook in Florida.

Both the Florida and the California lawsuits centered on the idea that Apple rendered FaceTime useless for people using devices on iOS 6, primarily to avoid paying increasingly high data costs to Akamai.

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When FaceTime originally launched, there were two technologies used for connecting iPhones together. The first used a peer-to-peer standard to directly transfer audio and video between users. The other used a “relay method,” relying on third-party servers from Akami to transfer the data between users.

Come 2012, however, Apple was found guilty of violating patents owned by VirnetX with its peer-to-peer tech, thus forcing the company to switch to the relay method for all FaceTime calls and data.

These changes prompted Apple to investigate ways to reduce the cost of FaceTime, thus leading to the development of a new peer-to-peer standard that didn’t infringe on VirnetX patents. The new technology debuted with iOS 7, but the lawsuits alleged that Apple realized it could force people to either upgrade to iOS 7 or break FaceTime on iOS 6 by causing an important digital certificate to expire earlier.

Patently Apple has more details from when the Florida class action suit was originally filed in August.

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Apple News+ sees another free month promotion as audio stories are set to launch

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Apple News+, the company’s paid offering is running a new promotion for users who have tried the service and canceled their subscriptions. The new deal offers previous customers another free month of Apple News+ as the new audio stories are set to launch with the upcoming release of iOS 13.6.

If you haven’t tried Apple News+, the standard welcome at the top of the News+ tab in the Apple News app encourages you to try it for free for one month before paying the $10/month regular price.

Now, Apple is offering a second free month to those who have given it a try but canceled the subscription.

As shown in the images above, Apple is using the “Get 1 More Month” offer to entice previous subscribers to give the service another shot.

The promotion comes as Apple News+ Audio is set to launch with iOS 13.6 in the near future.

We first got a look at the new Apple News+ Audio feature with the iOS 13.5.5 beta (renamed to iOS 13.6). It brings professionally narrated audio stories curated from the Apple News team to your device. We went hands-on with the Apple News+ Audio feature after uncovering it early.

At the end of last year, Apple News+ ran a free three-month trial during the holidays to boost its users. That came just a couple of weeks after a report claimed the service was having trouble getting new customers.

Notably, just last month, The New York Times left Apple News — the free version of Apple’s news platform — which was a little over a year after it and the Washington Post said no to joining the paid Apple News+ service.

Does another free month interest you at all in trying Apple News+ again? Or did you not find it worth the $10/month? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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MacStories Unwind: The Evolution of iPadOS, Widgets, ADA Interviews, and a New Use for ARKit

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