The lawsuit thus claims that Apple, in order to save on its costs, allegedly broke FaceTime on iOS 6 by causing the digital certificate to expire earlier than dated.
While breaking one application such as FaceTime doesn't brick a device, the suit claims that iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s owners had their devices rendered useless when upgrading to iOS 7. The lawsuit alleges that Apple implemented the "FaceTime Break" on April 16, 2014, blaming the sudden incompatibility on a bug, and advising users that they would need to update to the latest version of iOS to resolve the issue. FaceTime also works with Macs, allowing users to place calls from mobile devices or computers and hold a full video chat. The first one was a peer-to-peer (P2P) technology which would route both audio and data over a direct connection. This connected a device directly to another one through the call. The other used a "relay method", which relied on third-party servers from Akamai to transfer data between two iPhones. Before November 2012, most FaceTime calls were connected through the peer-to-peer method and only five to 10 percent used the relay method.
The lawsuit summarizes an early legal battle Apple faced against VirnetX, which accused Apple's FaceTime of infringing on patents related to its peer-to-peer video technology.
Apple is facing another lawsuit concerning its FaceTime app, according to documents uploaded by Apple Insider. Relay fees from its internet provider for this service, Akamai, ran to $50 million in just six months in 2013.
Akamai (akam), a content delivery company, was operating the relay servers.
Although the Patcyh tool may have resolved this problem, it requires your device to be running an untethered jailbreak, which is not possible with the existing semi-tethered jailbreak tools for iOS 10. Apple lost a patent infringement case against VirnetX, and a judge ruled a year ago that Apple had to pay $302.4 million in damages. With a lawsuit threatening its very reputation due to the alleged purposeful breakdown of Apple on its own FaceTime app to force users to upgrade to the iOS 7, the company sure needs to defend itself. It's purely speculative, but we think they might still be busy on a few iOS 10.2.1 and iOS 10.3 exploits.
While, Apple has effectively stopped signing iOS 10.2 jailbreak which implies you can't update, minimization, or reestablish to the firmware utilizing iTunes.
The complaint was backed up by a thread of internal emails according to Engadget, where a reply from Apple's Engineer Gokul Thirumalai reportedly stated that they "broke iOS 6". With iOS 7, FaceTime made the switch. This purportedly happened after some iOS 6 users refused to upgrade their devices after the release of iOS 7.