That’s what nattering nabobs of negativism, members of the technorati elite politburo want you to believe. Apple is the King of Planned Obsolescence. Nobody else in the industry does that. Shame on Apple for making new products every year. Is that Apple’s most devastating problem?
The folks at Mac360 have a long history of stating the obvious. “If everyone is out to get you, paranoia is the right attitude to have.” That makes sense, right? How about, “We live in a capitalist world.” There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Hate socialism? Give back your Social Security checks.
Life on planet earth isn’t perfect but it is what we make of it. We are a capitalist planet.
Capitalism is an economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production and their operation for profit.
Oh no! Private ownership? Planned obsolescence? David Gewirtz:
Apple’s practice of model year phones and planned obsolescence is nothing new.
He’s right. Apple’s ulterior motive is profit and the plan is to introduce better products with each new iteration, which, at some point a few years down the road, means old products become obsolete. It’s planned obsolescence.
Planned obsolescence, or built-in obsolescence, in industrial design and economics is a policy of planning or designing a product with an artificially limited useful life, so that it becomes obsolete (i.e., unfashionable, or no longer functional) after a certain period of time.
We can back up to the beginnings of the automobile industry to see the effects and dangers of so-called planned obsolescence.
The Model T gave consumers reliable, reasonably affordable transportation. The iPhone gave consumers the ability to turn what was previously just a phone into a pocket computer and internet device.
Oh the humanity!
At some point in both industries– and probably in every industry with every product you can think of– all the people who want a specific product have one already; there is a product life cycle that begins and every year customers get rid of the old and buy something new.
What is that called?
There is a gotcha to the kind of widespread success both Ford and Apple experienced: Saturation. After a decade or so, sales begin to stagnate. Not only have all the early adopters snapped up the new hotness, but mainstream consumers and even what marketing folks called “laggards” have made purchases.
That’s where iPhone is today. The automobile industry has product life cycles– old products are discarded, customers buy new products– and the same thing is shaping up with the iPhone; must as it has already with the Mac.
Sorry, nattering nabobs of Apple. That’s how life works.
Characteristics central to capitalism include private property, capital accumulation, wage labor, voluntary exchange, a price system and competitive markets.
The automobile companies and electronics companies and the farmer with beans and corns and cows and pigs want to make money, but when the market becomes saturated, each hopes that customers will discard old products and buy new ones. Of course, we discard cars and iPhones differently than we discard cows and beans, but you get the idea.
Apple, in the 21st century, has built both functional and styling-based planned obsolescence into the DNA of the iPhone.
Gimme a break. Where is the same article for Google’s Pixel or Samsung’s Galaxy-whatever? Do they not follow the same time-honored planned obsolescence as you’re accusing Apple?
Do you think Apple’s engineers sit around a table and discus, “OK, how fast can we make this camera obsolete?” Or, maybe, “Yes, let’s get rid of Touch ID and introduce Face ID”
Bull Crapola to the nth degree, Gewirtz. If you were a true technologists you would understand that is not how improvement, either iterative innovation or revolutionary innovation, works.
I’m beginning to sense you’re not as much into technology as you would have us to believe, spouse of Mrs. Gewirtz.
My wife and I each have a 2015-vintage iPhone 6s Plus. In the years since we bought those iPhones, Apple has introduced five generations of new phones.
Aha! You can’t even count. Three generations of smartphones. 2016, 2017, 2018. This week marks #4, 2019.
Wait. You’re trying to impress me with your techno-knowledge but your iPhone is from 2016?
I paid fifty bucks for Apple to replace my iPhone’s battery. We did the same for my wife’s phone, but they bungled the upgrade and actually had to give her a new device. So, since the battery is the only real consumable with these phones, we’re both essentially rocking new phones, even though the model itself is almost half a decade old.
I think Apple helped you defeat your own argument with the inexpensive battery replacement and a free iPhone for your wife.
You think they are “both essentially rocking new phones” tells me you didn’t pay attention when Apple introduced iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XS models.
Alright, let’s cut to the chase. This is all about Apple’s most devastating iPhone problem; the same problem that automobile makers had back in the day, the same problem Samsung and other smartphone makers have today, the same problem McDonald’s has, the same problem farmers have, the same problem anybody who makes anything has.
The companies that handle the natural progression of market saturation are the ones that survive and prosper. As it stands now, very few smartphone makers actually prosper, but Apple leads the pack, and seems to be weathering this obvious storm that has been brewing for years.
If Apple wants to convince satisfied iPhone users like me to upgrade, it needs to come up with something more compelling than a new camera back and a faster processor.
Well, if you own an iPhone 6s Plus, then every iPhone since then is better in every respect. Display, battery life, speed, and especially cameras; plus, you forgot to mention something Apple does for its iPhone, iPad, and Mac customers that nobody at most companies can do.
Your iPhone 6s has improved every year since you bought it, thanks to new versions of iOS that launch with new iPhones every year. That’s right. Apple made your iPhone better every year with a series of timely updates and upgrades.
Why didn’t you mention that, David? So much for planned obsolescence, huh?
The storm of saturation is ravaging the smartphone industry, just as it ravishes almost every industry since time immemorial. How do you think Apple will do?