Apple not "busting" last-gen phones

Are old iPhones' batteries "bust" by Apple on a schedule that goes beyond mere planned obsolescence? Mark pointed out that battery life just sucks from beginning to end. And here's Gizmodo's Brian Barrett, on the mundane truth of what happens when years-old technology falls victim to "the steady march of progress."

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  1. xzzy says:

    Author of the nytimes article probably should have hit ctrl-a and pressed delete when she typed the word "imagination" or "seemed". The human brain has a well documented tendency to manufacture patterns when no such thing exists. Without actual measurements and data logging changes over time, any conclusions are 100% garbage.

  2. Also, as the article points out, the device got used. She very probably fell into an usage pattern where the diminished battery didn't matter. Then iOS 7 came and her usage got disrupted. And yes, iOS 7 probably uses a bit more energy, as it does more.

    But mostly: Usage. My 2011 MacBook Air's battery is down to about 80% or so. after 206 cycles. There's no way a moderately or possible even heavy used iPhone 4 has that few cycles.

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