Originally Posted by waterrockets
This isn't about Apple, at all. Do you deny that the tech industry thrives on replacing devices that are fully functional if not for software? People replacing working devices is part of the plan for the industry. That's planned obsolescence. Period. I also happen to not mind it, being the well-funded consumer I am.
My initial point was that this high tech plan of replacing obsolete devices is materially wasteful, and that should be obvious. Then I get a couple zealots wearing blinders trying to dismiss statements that are indisputable with arguments that don't apply to the issue.
"You're wrong because I don't like a New York Times story that has nothing to do with your point." Good one.
I don't deny that some of the tech industry is careless about the longevity, durability, sustained usability of their products.
I do assert that one of Apple's goals is to make their devices as durable as is reasonable for an expensive consumer device, and to sustain them with the best possible software within the limitations of the device.
My original iPad still works well after three years and thousands of hours, but is not eligible for iOS 6, wisely, since it is already RAM-challenged by present-day Web practice.
On the other hand, Apple overreaches and makes mistakes, in my opinion, and so I would never have bothered putting iOS 7 on an iPhone 4 or even on my 4S, which is still using iOS 6. The owner has some responsibility to curate the old technology. I mention this as someone who still uses a 1971 VW Bug as a daily driver.
VW is no longer the company it was once, dedicated to planned sustainability instead of obsolescence. They made the same car for 35 years. Now they don't or can't care so much. Companies are different, companies change.
Apple is dedicated to different goals than other consumer electronics companies. Relevant here is their goal to provide maximum delight and amazement over the lifetime of the device, so the longer the lifetime the better. I can't make you believe this, and if you don't see it plainly before your very eyes, then there's nothing more to discuss. And I am not a zealot. This stuff is obvious.
Edit: And you're right. Planned obsolescence is wasteful. I have hated it since it was perfected in the 1950s. I was there and saw it at work. Now Detroit is living out the consequences. Fools blame the Unions, I blame planned obsolescence and its wasteful spawn, the SUV.Edited by Flaneur - 2/14/14 at 9:52am