A petition by online consumer group SumOfUS last year accused Apple of ‘sabotaging’ devices with software upgrades designed to significantly slow down older models and force users to upgrade. The petition was signed by over 300,000 users urging Apple to extend the lifespan of their devices.
In Apple’s defence, I will admit they didn’t invent planned obsolescence. A century ago, the light bulb industry formed a cartel to reduce the life span of bulbs so they could sell more bulbs. These days, most tech companies do the same. It’s just that Apple does it better, and so attracts attention.
I’m not saying tech companies should stop improving their products. Instead they should be a bit more innovative about upgrades, and try to make obsolescence obsolete. I have edited my post with a para on this.