The death of planned obsolescence

by Volker Weber

Why today's gadgets keep getting better. (At least until the battery dies.)

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I don't quite agree, this is not a new trend.

Firmware updates have been standard in the industry for years (unless you look at cheap noname gadgets from Asia) and are also used to enforce planned obsolescence. Nokia used this to discontinue the Nokia 770 by not providing the 2008 OS through official updates.

It's good that the author mentions battery life, since that's a major pain not just for Apple products.

I'd say that planned obsolescence is alive and well.

Hanno Zulla, 2008-08-12

I'm looking forward to steer my Sonos by the iPhone. This would be really cool.

Stephan Bohr, 2008-08-12

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