Apple, the company that laughs mirthlessly in the faces of consumers who can’t afford to constantly shell out on new gadgets (and gets applauded for it), has revealed how long it expects its products to last. In a new FAQ published on the Apple website last week, the company said that iPhones and iPads have a three-year lifecycle, while OS X and tvOS products have a little longer in the tank. The Apple Watch? A week. Just kidding (sort of).
“To model customer use, we measure the power consumed by a product while it is running in a simulated scenario,” wrote Apple. “Daily usage patterns are specific to each product and are a mixture of actual and modeled customer use data. 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.”
Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Reports of iPhones conking out after a year of service are all over the internet, and while smartphone-killing accidents inevitably happen, software updates, bugs, wear and tear, and performance issues can force Apple customers to replace their devices far earlier than expected. Mac-branded products, meanwhile, tend to have a far more solid rep, with that 4-year figure above appearing to be a little conservative.
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