If you are thinking of getting a sexy new iPhone 8, 8+ or X, then this news may give you pause.
Apple has argued in court that iPhones are only guaranteed to last one year.
The tech giant is currently involved in a class-action lawsuit in a Californian court regarding the “touch disease” that affected some of their iPhone 6 and 6+ units.
Touch disease is essentially a faulty screen. Some unlucky 6 and 6+ owners complained that their screens were becoming less sensitive after using the phones for a what they thought was a relatively short time.
Symptoms of touch disease include getting very angry with your iPhone and biffing it across the room. If problems persist, it may result in a smashed screen.
Apple is arguing that since the plaintiffs’ touch disease began after one year, it’s not the company’s problem.
When you get your shiny new iPhone, the default warranty is actually one year. Sure, you may be on a carrier contract for two years or more, but this is not the actual Apple warranty.
Technically, Apple is right, but it isn’t nice to know that the phone you might be paying up to $1800 Aussie dollars for is kinda meant to crap out in a year.
Look, it’s no secret that companies – especially tech ones – make stuff with full knowledge it will break soon. It even has a fancy name, “planned obsolescence”.
With the exception of that one absolute legend who is still using a Nokia 3310 (bless him), we don’t buy a phone with the intention of it lasting forever. Modular phones could fix these problems, but Google abandoned Project Ara because it was too ambitious and costly. I suspect the solution is bad for business.
On the plus side, planned obsolescence means more stuff, jobs and money. The bummer is we can’t be really surprised when that stuff breaks.
Actually, one recent study showed that when September rolls around and new delights get released we are more likely to break our phones on purpose. See? This is why we can’t have nice things.
And full disclosure: Like many of you, I’m definitely buying the new iPhone. Suckers.