When it comes to some products, various companies have created them to have a built in obsolescence, or in other words, a point where you have to go buy a new version. Light bulbs are one that are often speculated as having a built in obsolesce as well as iPhones.
With iPhones, we have seen them under a critical eye in recent months focusing on this built in obsolescence. Several different studies have been performed showing the benchmarking of the older devices that indicated there is indeed a certain point of the devices slowing down.
While building in a point of obsolescence is fantastic for the company’s bottom line, it is a headache and burden for the consumer. With the iPhone, it was determined that the battery was the main culprit for the slowdown of the software in older phones.
The problem here is that you cannot change the battery on your iPhone. This falls in line with the whole controversy of “the right to repair” that a lot of technology and device companies are facing.
Washington State is even currently working on a bill that would ban the sale of electronics that are designed “in such a way as to prevent reasonable diagnostic or repair functions by an independent repair provider. Preventing reasonable diagnostic or repair functions includes permanently affixing a battery in a manner that makes it difficult or impossible to remove.”
Slated for 2019, this could have a huge impact on a lot of the technology that we currently use.