I have to get that new iPhone!

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It’s about that time again. It’s about that time that your phone needs a new update. You see in the general settings requesting that you update your phone, but you must be connected again. Did you not just update your phone less than a month ago? Oh, but this update is way better. You need to do this update as soon as possible. Oh you don’t see it? How old is your device? Well here’s a list of items that can’t be updated, I forgot to put it in the fine print.

“This means the end of the road for a number of devices that are currently supported by iOS 9:

  • iPad 2
  • iPad 3rd gen
  • iPad mini
  • iPhone 4s
  • iPod touch 5th gen

No iOS 10 support means no more updates, and no more updates means that not only will these devices begin accumulating unpatched security vulnerabilities, but app developers will slowly phase out support for them.

The hardware might still work, but the operating system is being left to rot.

Some of these devices, specifically from the iPad camp, are really popular. In fact, iOS 10 could send as many as 40 percent of existing iPads to the scrap pile.”-zdnet.com

As consumers, we always want all the new and shiny things, we make it a priority to be in the “in crowd”, being current, up to date with devices, especially new cellular devices. Apple has updated and changed their phone devices for many years now, and this current new update is wiping out devices that are literally going to have zero market value and will be considered scrap, obsolete.

“Planned obsolescence is a business strategy in which the obsolescence (the process of becoming obsolete—that is, unfashionable or no longer usable) of a product is planned and built into it from its conception. This is done so that in future the consumer feels a need to purchase new products and services that the manufacturer brings out as replacements for the old ones.”

So you mean to tell me I just spent so much money on this apple device and now I can’t use it anymore? Sorry!

http://www.economist.com/node/13354332

http://www.zdnet.com/article/these-iphones-and-ipads-will-all-become-obsolete-on-september-13th/

Shayla Ford

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5 thoughts on “I have to get that new iPhone!

  1. Its unfortunate that your post is totally true. As companies such as Apple release new iPhones and other gadgets the older products seem to break. Society likes to be updated on the latest product, but that is because society manipulates us to whatever is trending. At the end of the day the rich are getting richer because they are simply forcing the market to buy the new products.

    Ali Danesh

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  2. I hate this so much! Almost everything is designed to only last a short period of time now. A lot of the energy efficient appliances we have now are actually the original design from the 50’s. Like the refrigerator initially had the motor on top so the heat would release into the air instead of the area it is powering to cool. Most refrigerators now have the motor on the bottom which inefficiently adds heat to the fridge making the consumer consume more energy to cool their food. Now the energy efficient fridges have the motor on the top like the original design. It’s like that clip from class where the woman was talking about the golden arrow, it’s so outrageous!

    -Katie McNulty

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  3. This is ridiculous. I have an iPad 2 that’s only a few years old. I can understand technology advancements that render certain equipment obsolete, but software updates only update the IOS. Refusing to grant software updates to devices simply because they’re not the newest version is a new malicious form of planned obsolescence.

    -Jennifer Brees

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  4. In my eyes, every update and new version of apple software is greed. They purposefully hold back new products so they can release them strategically and make more money. They probably developed the iPhone 7 like 2 or 3 years ago but we’re just now seeing it because they’re greedy. I’m tired of apple products also because they seem to break after a year no matter what so you have to buy a new one. My phone is over a year old but the battery lasts like three hours now compared to two days a year ago.

    Jensen Harris

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  5. I have heard that Apple has the next 4 i phones already designed and that they are just slowly releasing them so that they can make huge amounts of money. Who knows if this is true but honestly it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest. This is why i refuse to buy apple products.

    Edwin Doll

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