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Planned Obsolescence – The Deception of Apple®

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Pablo Ortega published in iPhone News, the article titled “Apple and the problem of planned obsolescence.” That article appears in Spanish in Actualidad iPhone, under the title “Apple y el problema de la obsolescencia programada.” These articles have references to the next article.

AppAdvice published on February 21, 2013 in Mashable, the article titled “Apple Getting Sued for ‘Planned Obsolescence’ of iPad 3.”

Nicole Bogart published on September 7, 2016 in Global News Canada, the article titled “Is Apple guilty of using ‘planned obsolescence’ to force iPhone users into upgrading?

Samuel Gibbs published on December 21, 2017 in The Guardian, the article titled “Apple admits slowing older iPhones because of ageing batteries.”

AFP published on January 13, 2018 in the Technology section of El Tiempo, the article in Spanish titled “Francia investiga a Apple por ‘obsolescencia programada’ de sus iPhone.”

Manuel Fernández published on February 7, 2020 in El Español, the article in Spanish titled “Apple escapa de las denuncias de obsolescencia programada en Francia pagando sólo 25 millones.”

Reuters published on March 2, 2020 in The Guardian, the article titled “Apple to pay users $25 an iPhone to settle claims it slowed old handsets.”

The Editorial Department of Puro Marketing published on March 10, 2020, the article in Spanish titled “Golpe contra la obsolescencia programada y la estrategia de Apple de empujar a los consumidores a comprar y renovar.”

John Harris published on April 15, 2020 in The Guardian, the article titled “Planned obsolescence: the outrage of our electronic waste mountain.”

José Luis Sanz published on June 1, 2020 in Cinco Días of El País, the article in Spanish titled “Italia condena a Apple por la obsolescencia programada en sus iPhone.”

Sami Fathi published on March 1, 2021 in MacRumors, the article titled “Apple Faces Another iPhone Lawsuit Over ‘Programmed Obsolescence’.”

The Editorial Department of BBC News Mundo published on April 8, 2021, the article in Spanish titled “Los chilenos que le ganaron a Apple y recibirán un pago de US$3,4 millones.” The next article is related to this one.

Alap Naik Desai published on April 8, 2021 in The Tech Herald, the article titled “Apple Inc. paying $3.4 Mn. to settle ‘Planned Obsolescence’ class-action lawsuit: Each registered Chilean iPhone users to receive $50.” This article makes a reference to the next one.

Omar Sohail published on April 8, 2021 in WCCFTech, the article titled “Apple to Pay $3.4 Million USD to Settle Planned Obsolescence Lawsuit.”

Silver Point, an Apple specialized Tecnical Service, published the article in Spanish titled “Obsolescencia digital: un problema para Apple?”

OCU published on July 13, 2021, the article in Spanish titled “La obsolescencia de los iPhone vuelve a ser un problema.”

These articles point out that Apple Inc. has accepted responsibility for a practice that, in my opinion, is disappointing. Apple sends updates to cell phones and electronic devices that cause the processing speed to slow down, causing it to get slower and slower. The excuse that Apple has offered is that it has done so with the intention of protecting the old batteries in those devices.

In my opinion, if Apple, and other companies that have copied from Apple, allowed users to replace their batteries, they would not need to resort to such disappointing practices. In my opinion, they want to sell more equipment, even though the old cell phones that many people have still work fine.

I think that Apple wants the cell phones and devices of its users to be replaced when the Company decides. That’s dissappointing. People should have the right to decide if they want to continue using their old cell phones.


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