Along with those performance comparisons, there are the blender videos to see how strong the new glass is, the Bendgate aficionados with attempts to bend iPhone 11, and the unending comparisons iPhone vs. smartphone comparisons, and the annual iPhone vs. Android bullet point and price comparisons. Here’s another.
Obsolete vs. Worse
Nathan and I ride herd on many hundreds of Windows PCs, many Macs, a few Chromebooks, and some iPads. While we do not officially support iPhones or Android smartphones, we help out where we can. Wonky iPhones require a restart to fix about 90-percent of all issues. Android is not so easy because there are so many phones with so many different Android OS versions.
iPhone 11 models are about to hit the streets. Does that make your iPhone obsolete? No. Jason Perlow disagrees.
Does Apple have forced obsolescence? Yes, it does.
Not Apple does not. He’s wrong.
Unlike most Android smartphones, Apple updates and upgrades iPhones throughout the year and for many years after you purchase a new model. For at least five years after you buy a new iPhone Apple makes it a better iPhone each year than when you bought it.
How the hell is that planned obsolescence?
Their products have a five-year lifespan because Apple only provides yearly iOS upgrades to its products for that period
Of course, there are half a dozen upgrades during the year that provide more features, improved features, bug fixes, and security updates.
Does Android OS get those? Yes. Do customers get them? No.
When each successive version of iOS comes out, developers are forced into adapting to OS changes such as deprecating APIs and using new ones instead — or face being kicked off the App Store for devices running the current generation OS.
Yet, after five years your iPhone is better than when you bought it.
And, guess what? Your iPhone will continue to work, even with those apps that have moved forward, until the phone doesn’t work at all, or you grow tired of same-old-same-old, or your cellphone company kicks your phone off its network. It happens.
Does this mean that, after five years, you should consider an iOS device e-waste? Yes.
Waste? But it still works. I have an iPhone 5 which still works just fine, but won’t hold a charge for very long. That’s seven years old.
Perlow is right. Five years is a long time in smartphone years. How does Apple’s move towards the future compare to Android?
Android remains Windows-like and married to the past.
Google maintains lots of backward API compatibility between Android releases, and it takes a long time, comparatively, to deprecate them.
Your Android phone will die of old age before the apps die? It depends, of course, but that works exactly the way it does for iPhones running old versions of iOS and old apps.
It’s in Apple’s interest to get you to refresh your hardware on a five-year basis or earlier. For Google, Android is just another way for them to monetize you as a data mining endpoint. So Google wants your phone to function with its apps and developer apps — which use its monetization engine — for as long as possible. It isn’t in Google’s interest to force its OEMs to update devices.
Which also means Android smartphone users seldom get proper OS updates and improved security or privacy features.
He didn’t mention that.
Apple’s iOS 13 is due in a matter of days. Already nearly 90-percent of all iPhone and iPad users have upgraded to the latest iOS 12 version which came out a year ago. Android’s version from a year ago has shown up on only 10-percent of all Android-based smartphones.
I think Apple’s strategy is working better for its business model than Google’s strategy works for Google’s business model.
Perlow forgot one more item.
An Android owner really should be examining this from a cost perspective and nothing more. From a premium experience standpoint, there is nothing the platform offers at the same price point that matches what Apple does for its customers. It’s only at budget, disposable pricing where the platform truly shines.
Resale value. Used iPhones bring a premium. Mid-range and inexpensive Android smartphones are waste money. Wasted, too, perhaps; but waste money; throway– as in landfill.