Is 2013 a failed year for Apple?
Did the year 2013 lacked innovation? Does 64-bit A7 mobile CPU count? Why are some pundits saying Apple products are made with planned obsolescence in mind, ignoring that Android devices barely get timely updates?
What’s wrong with technology reporting? Great analysis by John Gruber about whether 2013 was a lost year for Apple and the technology industry.
It’s a damned if they do, damned if they don’t scenario for Apple. If a three-year-old device doesn’t qualify for an iOS upgrade, one could argue that Apple is excluding it out of spite, to pressure the user to buy a new device just so they can run the latest software. But if Apple does provide an update for a three-year-old phone, and the upgrade proves problematic for some of them, then they’re accused of booby-trapping it, suckering users into upgrading their iPhones to a version of iOS that makes them run worse, so that the users will run out and buy a new iPhone. […]
Android devices are famously slow to receive major software updates, and tend to get none at all. The carriers control the updates for Android phones, and the carriers really do want you to buy a new phone as soon as your two-year contract is up. Even with Google’s Nexus phones — for which Google, not the carriers, issues software updates, like Apple does — they only support an 18-month window for OS updates. Thus their own Galaxy Nexus phone, released in November 2011, did not qualify for the Android 4.4 update released a few months ago.
Apple supports four generations of iPhone with iOS 7, Google just two generations of Nexus phone with Android 4.4 — but it’s Apple that has widely been accused of devious “planned obsolescence”.
Strange that Apple, the company that provides the most timely and longest support for mobile devices, is vilified. (Even when Apple products are getting the highest usage stats and highest resale value on the market.)
“There’s a nihilistic streak in tech journalism that I just don’t see in other fields. Sports, movies, cars, wristwatches, cameras, food — writers who cover these fields tend to celebrate, to relish, the best their fields have to offer. Technology, on the other hand, seems to attract enthusiasts with no actual enthusiasm.”
In sports, at least there are referees going by agreed upon rules. In technology, anything goes. For example, Samsung’s fake reviews only resulted in little punishment (there got a small fine in Taiwan but not so elsewhere).
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