Monday 16 July 2018

Got an iPhone? Here's how long Apple expects you to go before replacing it


Apple has revealed how long it expects its users to go before changing their iPhones.

The Cupertino giant estimates that the Apple Watch and iPhone will last for three years with its first owner, while Mac computers and the Apple TV should last for four years.

In a question and answer section published on Apple's site, outlining the company's environmental targets, Apple estimates the life expectancy for various devices under their first owner, along with the amount of greenhouse gases they are expected to contribute in that time.

Apple analyses the greenhouse gas life cycle for products by looking at the hardware components, size and weight, daily usage patterns, shipping methods and disposal practices.  

An Apple iPhone 6S is displayed at an Apple store on Chicago
An Apple iPhone 6S is displayed at an Apple store on Chicago

"Years of use, which are based on first owners, are assumed to be four years for OS X and tvOS devices and three years for iOS and watchOS devices," said Apple in the report. 

Is your iPhone built to die?

Conspiracies about whether Apple builds its products so that they die within a few years have circulated for years. 

In 2014 Laura Trucco, then a PhD economics student, analysed the number of Google searches for "iPhone slow" across the world over the last seven years and found that the search term spiked whenever a new model was released.

In an attempt to prove the theory, iPhone users have carried out tests involving phones running older software and updated versions to prove that Apple self-sabotages its out-of-date hardware, possibly to encourage users to upgrade sooner.

Apple's environmental push

As part of its new environmental awareness push Apple overhauled the app store this week with a range of Apps for Earth, created in partnership with the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) to raise money and support for conservation. 

Apple helped build custom content for 27 apps that promote the WWF's mission, which includes conservation of wildlife, forests, oceans and fresh water. It will donate 100 per cent of the profits to the charities they're associated with from April 14 to 24. 

Similar to Apple's Campaign for (RED) in 2014, Apps for Earth involves updates to popular apps such as Kendall & Kylie, Enlight, and Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes.

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