How long are iPhones actually built to last?

Harigovind M

Tuesday 19, 2016


Having an iPhone is so much more than having a smartphone these days; it’s a statement, a symbol of ‘status’. We’ve seen people saving for years to buy their dream phone - the iPhone - only to see that by the time they’ve saved for it, the model they fell in love with is outdated. And worse, the new model is costlier.

If you thought buying one was the tough part, you are somewhat true. But like any other gadget, there’s a sad reality that you are going to face. No matter how much you take care of it, ultimately, your iPhone will succumb to an agonising death. The headphone jack will start to pack in, the power button will be as stubborn as a 5-year old and the phone altogether will become more sluggish than a drunk sloth.

So here’s how long Apple claims iPhones are built to last, if and when they're used in a “decent condition”. Basically, it means that it’s not applicable for all you clumsy people, who treats their phone like autowalas treating the traffic.

They estimate a maximum lifespan of three years for the world's most sold smartphone (which is a far cry from a Nokia 3310 which will still be ringing in the event of a nuclear holocaust) 

"Daily usage patterns are specific to each product and are a mixture of actual and modelled 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," Apple wrote on the environmental section of its website.

That seems like an awful investment if you ask us, to pay a hell of a lot of money just for a few years. So, here’s our alternative – if you really, really want one, get one for a more-than-reasonable price. 


Source: Unilad

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