The internet is going bananas over this iPhone story, and it's not even true
posted by Chris P. / Apr 18, 2016, 6:27 AM
Such is the case with a widely reported story about Apple and its iPhone, Watch, and Mac products, which mistakenly claimed that the company has let slip the product life cycle of its gadgets. Citing a recently updated FAQ page on Apple's Environmental initiatives, various major news outlets (some of which have since updated their stories) went to quote the following:
That, of course, is a classic example of annihilating context and cherry-picking passages to fit a certain narrative. And what a powerful narrative it makes! Apple admitting to its high-end products lasting only three to four years before they're worn out? That's a hot story right there. But of course, it's rubbish.
See, the FAQ section in question is actually trying to define the model which Apple uses to calculate the green house footprint of its devices after they leave its factories. As in, the impact on the environment from buyers actually using their devices. So the aforementioned estimate of three (or four) years in this case—an estimate derived from "a mixture of actual and modeled customer use data"—is an attempt to measure how Apple products affect the environment, and that's a good thing. It's not a statement on their ability to carry on working properly after many more years than that, and millions of Apple users are well aware of that.
Obviously, angry, anti-Apple folks were quick everywhere to point out how they've always known this, how obvious it was, and that Apple didn't have to admit it for it to be a fact. Others were quick to draw on conspiracy theories, suggesting that companies routinely release products that are allegedly engineered so that they die out at some chosen point in the near future, prompting another buy. Point stands, however: Apple admitted to no such thing, and Apple products in general live on past that modeled three-to-four time frame. This has nothing to do with the ability of your iPhone to handle
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is it some "Apple's damage control" in progress or something? I didnt even hear this stuff.. (I wont care even if I hear that rumor) and where is the bananas?
posted on Apr 18, 2016, 6:38 AM 9
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The damage control could be true, though.... A side note: @Chris. P, what's with your inclusion of the illuminati triangle/pyramid with an eye in it, on the black-on white, colourless image of a package tied with a plastic nylon in this article?
posted on Apr 18, 2016, 6:54 AM 3
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Phonearena's authors' ability to defend their beloved Apple just makes this a joke. Although I agree with what Chris said, this article is very bias and it just fathoms me.
posted on Apr 18, 2016, 6:41 AM 11
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Sooo.....what does the thumbnail (a garbage bag with Illuminati symbols surrounding) have anything to do with the article? (o.O) All seriousness though, only the anti-Apple "fanboys" (Move To iOS app Play Store release?) exaggerated this matter, showing off indeed of how immature they can be so we shouldn't take this thing too seriously. p.s I have many Android phones and an Apple phone so I'm not a hater or "siding" with either side on this
posted on Apr 18, 2016, 6:41 AM 0
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Did you read the entire article (rant) ? He's talking about conspiracy theories hence illuminati symbol and the garbage bag represents the iPhones being worn out in 3-4 years and being tossed in the bin. Not really a rocket science.
posted on Apr 18, 2016, 6:49 AM 3
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Conspiracy theories isn't an illuminati-only thing. There have been non witchcraft-related conspiracies. That doesn't justify the image in this article. You don't use satanism to represent a non-satanic topic which you're reporting on, because it's irrelevant!
posted on Apr 18, 2016, 7:09 AM 1
And this is coming from PA which most of the time spreads misinformation for more flame wars, Hypocrite much.
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