Why Apple makes every year to change iPhone

Smartphones and tablets are becoming less viable and barely able to survive more than two years. In the edition of the Gazeta decided to find out why manufacturers purposely make their devices less resistant, as they interfere with the repair shops to restore the phone, and also why the Russians oppose the idea of “disposable” devices.

Each new generation of iPhone is thinner, lighter, more productive and smarter. However, improvement of these qualities is affected primarily on maintainability. For disassembly of the Apple smartphones of the last generation now needs not just a set of screwdrivers, and a suitcase with various devices, more like a set of surgeon.

The difficulty encountered during the repair of Apple devices that have always been considered a model of premenopauznogo. According to the rating iFixit, the last iPhone generations have 6-7 points out of 10 for maintainability. Much worse things have HTC latest smartphones line of One which it is almost impossible to fix.

This suggests that many manufacturers are trying to do complicated repairs, which are almost impossible to recover the common man.

One reason is the desire of companies to reach record values for device sizes. Manufacturers are constantly trying to reduce the thickness of the devices, a more efficient use of available space. During Assembly apply glue instead of screws and other types of compounds that are difficult to recover after disassembly.

To replace, for example, the battery in a modern smartphone or tablet from a technical point of view possible. However, it is usually fastened with glue and no special tools to build a new battery problematic. This is complicated by the fact that the very process of parsing the device often impossible without special tools kit, which for each producer.

Manufacturers intentionally make the “disposable” devices that the user should change after a couple of years.

“It makes no sense to produce vehicles like submarines, which can serve for a long time. Now we see that the wear resistance of the equipment has certain limits,” — said the head of information-analytical Agency TelecomDaily Denis Kuskov

According to him, manufacturers are forcing customers to upgrade their gadgets every few years, regardless of whether they want or not. In particular, this affects the constant movement of progress, from-for what the smartphone of three years ago has most of those features, which are flagships. “If manufacturers made phones for 10 years, then all the companies went bankrupt and Apple would not have sold a billion iPhone,” added Grand.

However, for competition with other companies they often decrease production costs, which ultimately reduces the lifespan of devices. Cost reduction is detrimental to quality control of materials, components and the supply chain that adversely affects the service life of the products.

The research team from the Öko Institut in Germany found that among all groups of consumer goods, from laptops to washing machines, buyers were more likely to complain about workmanship. So, in 2004, addressed only 3.5% of buyers, while in 2012 this number increased by more than double, to 8.3%.

In addition, structural constraints are only part of the problem. So, many manufacturers put pressure on an independent company to repair the devices, limiting them access to original spare parts. Except for the present device, in principle, there is no universal parts, many vendors supply original and high-quality items are only a small number of companies.

The Apple can serve as an example of such aggressive pressure on unauthorized shops. The notorious “Error 53”, which led to the “death” of the iPhone, has arisen precisely for the reason that the smartphone has been renovated in an informal workshop using Chinese parts.

Ultimately, the desire of manufacturers to reduce the dimensions of the devices, complicating their structure, decrease costs of production, as well as overlapping air” unauthorized masters suggests that manufacturers are trying to instill in buyers a habit to completely change your gadgets, and not try to fix them.

“Technology companies like Apple against their phones repaired. If something happens, the company will simply replace it,” added Grand.

However, in the context of the crisis in Russia the smartphone is expensive, so users prefer to repair. Along with this movement of progress determines that the repair can be “costly”.

The expert notes that Russian user alien to the idea of “disposable” smartphone. “Our people have learned to save and change the phone much less frequently, despite the fact that technology has become vulnerable. Most people can walk two to three years with one phone and feel great about it, and after that the phone will no longer work”, — concluded the analyst.

Clifton Nichols

Clifton Nichols

Hi! I’m Clifton and I am a full-stack engineer with a passion for building performant and scalable applications that are beautiful and easy to use.

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