How Tech Companies Are Turning Planned Obsolescence Into Planned Success

New Rising Media writes "Planned obsolescence is far from a new idea in the world of consumer electronics – GM Motors were the first to introduce it to us in the 1920s, home-owners have been cursing the life-cycle of their washing machines ever since – but it’s becoming ever more of a distraction, at least for myself, where yearly release schedules contradict the hyperbole that works its way around the tech world, immediately following a press conference for the next big thing. Technology is no longer built to last...Although planned obsolescence is legal, it doesn’t seem at all ethical. The most viable case study when looking at the potential commercial benefits and the effect felt by us as consumers is the ‘reality distortion field’ and business practices of Apple..."

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