Admitting that he hindered the performance of some of its smartphones, Apple sees re-awaken the suspicions of the widespread practice of programmed obsolescence. Even if the update concerned was supposed to resolve battery issues, many consumers saw it as a maneuver of the firm at the apple to encourage property owners to renew equipment-old with barely two or three years.
The accusation is not new. Witness the online petition launched by the international association of consumer SumOfUs, at the end of 2016, which has about 340 000 signatories. “Apple sabotages its devices with updates that slow down all the iPhone and iPad unless they are the newer model, accuse the authors of the petition. And, frustrated to find himself with a camera as slow as a snail, the user has no other choice than to buy a new one. “