Apple slows older phones to force you to buy their new ones

Apple slows older phones to force you to buy their new ones

Apple slows older phones to force you to buy their new ones

Apple forced to acknowledge it intentionally is disrupting service on older iPhones, but they are telling us they are doing that only because they care about us. They said the old phones might shut down because of degradation in the lithium battery. It hasn’t happened a lot. But they said by causing all of the old iPhones to perform like molasses is a better option.

By Ray Hanania

Ray HananiaRight about the time that Apple was announcing its new iPhone 8 and iPhone X, which cost almost twice as much as the iPhone 6, the company forced iPhone users to install a new upgrade that caused older iPhones to perform more slowly.

Apple kept the consequences of the new upgrade a secret, telling users only that it would correct issues involving the use of some of its Apps.

In reality, the upgrade not only caused the older phones to slow down, they disrupted performance on several Apple included apps such as Voice Mail, Messages, Music and Photos. Users were not only experiencing significant slowness in performance — long delays in connecting to cell phone services like Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon, for example — but their voicemail services were acting strange.

Steve Jobs shows off the white iPhone 4 at the 2010 Worldwide Developers Conference . Steve Jobs isn't smiling because he made the world a better place. He's smiling here because it was all about getting even. Getting even with John Scully. And getting even with the public.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Steve Jobs shows off the white iPhone 4 at the 2010 Worldwide Developers Conference . Steve Jobs isn’t smiling because he made the world a better place. He’s smiling here because it was all about getting even. Getting even with John Scully. And getting even with the public.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New voicemails did not show up in the voicemail list until many minutes or even hours later. Deleting the voicemails acted strange too, with deleted messages re-appearing. And in some cases, the phone system was mixing email “source” information, jumbling up some emails. Text Messages were not being delivered or were taking long periods to be delivered.

By the way, during all of this havoc, Apple continued to deny that anything was wrong with the iPhone performances.

But this week, Apply reversed itself and withdrew it’s lie. In fact, Apple admitted that their upgrades were intentionally slowly down all old iPhones, iPads and other Apple products, asserting that they were doing this because the lithium battery they use in the iPhones deteriorates during long use and it could force your phone to shut down.

They were doing us a favor.

Immediately, many of Apple’s partners, and Tech Magazines that receive huge advertising revenues from Apple like Wired Magazine, began a public campaign to defend Apple.

Of course the upgrade was to help the users, said Wired Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Thomas on CBS This Morning. It has nothing to do with forcing users to throw out the “old” iPhones and purchase the newer and far more expensive iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

What else is Thomas going to say but to defend a company that puts food on his table. It’s disgusting journalism.

Here are some simple facts that Thomas and others avoid discussing.

There has been NO PUBLIC OUTCRY about iPhones shutting down because of degraded batteries. That problem has been an ongoing issues for years but it has only impacted a small percentage if iPhone users. In other words, the very people who started to experience usage delays and Apple App corruption did not experience phone shutdowns. The issues was never discussed in all the online complaints from iPhone users.

But it is a good excuse.

It makes no sense, though. Thomas claims Apple executives were “busted” and were forced to disclose this fact.

If this fact were true, why wouldn’t they have disclosed this lithium battery shortcoming before. Why wouldn’t they make themselves off like robber barons who care about their customers, and announce the upgrade was designed to help prevent the iPhones from unexpectedly shutting down because of lithium battery degradation?

They didn’t do it because it’s not true. They didn’t think iPhone users would care or complain. But complain they did, to me and many others on many chat boards and discussion forums. Interestingly, though something that you won’t find Wired Magazine reporting on, is that Apple monitors on Apple chat boards were instructed to delete messages that complained about the alleged conspiracy.

They tried to kill the topic from becoming public knowledge.

Apple is a corporation that is run by the drive to profit more than it is driven by the fake vision sold to us in numerous puff piece features in the tech magazines about Apple Founder Steve Jobs. Jobs was a megalomaniac. He was a control freak.

Maybe it was because he was abandoned by his biological parents and was adopted. That makes more sense and explains how Jobs, the “biological father” of the iPhone so easily can abandon his off-spring for higher goals of profit and greed.

Abandoning consumers and loyal users is genetic to the Apple Culture that Jobs created.

The U.S. Attorney General should investigate what Apple Executives did. You can bet there are dozens of memos and meeting notes where they discussed how to push their loyal consumers to dump their old technology for the newer, more expensive technology.

The iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus cost about $350 or lower when they were first released in the Fall of 2014, just over two years ago. The iPhone 8 with basic with low storage capacity costs $699.99 with a cell phone service contract and as much as $914 without. The iPhone X with basic low storage capacity can cost as much as $1,999 depending on storage and other factors.

Maybe Steve Jobs and his Apple Culture of Greed that he created thinks technology should die after two years, but the phones were working great until the new more expensive iPhone versions were released.

Why did Apple do it now?

The truth is that in the past four years, Apple has been on a downward trend of technology and competitors are offering far better cell phones and other technology. Samsung’s cell phones are phenomenal and far less expensive. You can get the new Google Pixel 2 for $32 a month.

Apple was simply losing money and they needed to do something. Instead of coming up with something that awed as they had been doing, they took the shortcut to profit, offering more junk wrapped in a sinister conspiracy to undermine its large base of loyal customers.

I’ve enjoyed the iPhone since I first purchased the iPhone 4, 5 and now 6. Never had any real issues with them, until Apple artificially created an issue to force me to either suffer through sub-par service or toss out the old and waste my hard-earned money on more junk that will be set out to pasture in two years.

Apple is disgusting. And so are the media like Wired that defend it, rather than applying journalistic resources to uncover the truth.

Pathetic!

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award-winning columnist, author & former Chicago City Hall reporter (1977-1992). A veteran who served during the Vietnam War and the recipient of four SPJ Peter Lisagor Awards for column writing, Hanania writes weekly opinion columns on mainstream American & Chicagoland topics for the Southwest News-Herald, Des Plaines Valley News, the Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers, and Suburban Chicagoland.  

Hanania also writes about Middle East issues for the Arab News, and The Arab Daily News criticizing government policies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A critic of mainstream news media bias, Hanania advocates for peace & justice for Israel & Palestine, & the empowerment of Arabs in America. 

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

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