reminder: everybody knows that apple intentionally slows down their old phones to coincide with the release of the newer ones. they even admitted it: https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/28/16827248/apple-iphone-battery-replacement-price-slow-down-apology
nothing happened, they didn't stop doing it, but they *did* offer a $29 battery replacement for affected phones c:
@lynnesbian wait, is it confirmed that newer versions of ios slow down older iphones on Purpose, or do newer versions of ios just do more and therefore need better hardware to work?
the former would not be surprising but that article doesn't make it clear
@00dani it's the former. apple admitted themselves that they intentionally slow down their devices to coincide with the new ones
@00dani they justified it with some bs about older phones' batteries going crappy so to extend battery life they underclock the phones.
if that was a real concern they could have just popped up a notice saying "your battery is dying, you can improve battery life by replacing it, have a nice day" but this is apple we're talking about
i mean honestly if it was an opt-in toggle switch i would personally use it but just forcing it on users is literally BS
i'd love to be in a position to defend apple, but at best i've only ever made around $53k, so i can't afford to
I am still unable to forgive Apple for rebranding the LCII line as Performa and me buying one of those crapboxen. I came to hate that hunk of junk.
@lynnesbian Imagine having 17% of the world's total population in *actively used* products (in other words, there are even more, but these are just the ones that are in use regularly)
@lynnesbian it’s dropped down to around $780bn now because investors are getting the jitters.
Smartphones are now so expensive (and without new killer features) that Western consumers are holding onto them for longer or buying second hand. The Chinese economy is also slowing down, so demand in emerging markets isn’t what it used to be either.
@lynnesbian not to say it's not awful but this is just hdcp which is a "feature" present on every streaming service and OS combination (including linux), not really an Apple Specific thing.
@animeirl oh so it is
still though it's apple's fault for intentionally deciding to build it in to itunes
@lynnesbian Apple is trifle-ing. They should let you take 7 seconds of screenshots because that's street legal. That's why I insist on calling them "Crapple." And Google, I call "Boogle."
@lynnesbian 1) Apple has huge control over it's production chain, which allows them to both customize hardware and software in a way that no other manufacturers can. Fact is, Android would probably run novbetter than iOS if the community managed to port it (a shame you can't tho, because of both their business and security models)
2) The notch on the Essential looked fine? And the iPhone has a pretty good excuse for it? I do prefer having no front camera at all tho.
@lynnesbian 3) This one is the most debatable of them all. Yes, iPhones slow down after about two years, and they admitted the slowdown. But that's like the average life cycle of a Li-Ion battery on a smartphone. Apple should be less paternalistic and more transparent about it, and they clearly have an interest in keeping you buying new phones and not admit design mistakes/limitations... but like... is it really *that* bad that they ask $29 for another 2 years of lifetime?
@lynnesbian 4) lol, why are we supposed to keep using a 200 years old port for just listening to music when we have alternatives that basically do the same (USB-C) or even better (Bluetooth + AAC/LDAC)? The demand was clearly switching towards slimmer phones (rip) and wireless headphones (I'm being 100% serious) so Apple was just the first because they're the ones who have the easiest time at making the customers transition smoothly.
@lynnesbian (keep in mind, audiophiles and professionals can still take advantage of the headphone jack, both on phones with adapters (you hates those tho... wireless is just for you then!) and in studios while we don't have USB-C for everything)
5) I'm actually surprised Chrome and Firefox don't do that with e.g. Netflix. Guess companies haven't lobbied hard enough. But not even FOSS automatically saves you from that (see Wayland), Apple just can do it more easily.
@lynnesbian Overall, there's like, *lots* of ways to complain about Apple. Hardware specs, reliability, price tagging, their security-over-feeedom approach, their obsession over controlling everything, their love for DRM (at least you did talk about that), their paternalist attitude – like, just watch Louis Rossmann to get plenty of reasons. But don't make such cheap, generic and thoughtless "criticism" because at the very least it just makes you focus on the wrong things.
1) that wasn't a complain about apple, it was a complain that apple was the company to come up with it, which means that it's permanently bound to apple and that no other product can ever use it
2) it's all a matter of taste. personally i hate the notch, but some people don't. some people buy neon yellow cars.
3) they slow down their phones all at once on the day the new ones release. not when your battery passes a certain threshold, not when you've had your phone for X many days, when the new one releases.
4) USB-C and bluetooth are digital methods. this means that you can use DRM on them. you can't put DRM on an AUX cable, it's physically impossible. any device with AUX output is a device that allows you to freely capture any audio you want. also, bluetooth is hardly better. pairing issues are still present, charging the batteries is annoying, and above all, why should i buy another set of earphones when the ones i have work just fine, and work with *nearly every product manufactured in the last century*?
5) if netflix did it too, it wouldn't excuse apple from doing it
- any formal research to verify 3)?
- USB-C in fact supports analog and I use it on my Xperia, that's what most dongles do, just passing analog signals
- Netflix does it, but can only enforce it on Safari because the other browsers haven't implemented it
- no, because this isn't easily researched (it only happens once per iphone release) but i'd say this chart is fairly condemning
- i would assume an app can detect that and then can easily say that you're not licensed to use the analogue output. if analogue usage is undetectable, then you're right, but i'm fairly sure it's not (android knows how to automatically mute your device when you disconnect the earphones, so the phone is definitely aware of the analogue connection being used)
- that's a strike *against* apple though, because their browser is the only one to comply with this bullshit
- it's really easily researched if you're convinced that's the cause, it's just that it takes time and effort to look it up
- there's no difference over a regular analog port... of course Android knows when you're plugging stuff, it only needs to know if there's current going on, but AT THE VERY LEAST (and I have to check the specs of USB-C again) if you're using a dongle there's no way to know where the signal is going
- yes, they don't have the best interests there, but just wait
@lynnesbian well actually (being the devil's advocate a little) I think it's related to copyright/Apple not wanting to have problems with the owner of the movie. That's only my guess tho.
@lynnesbian I dunno how the insides work but my iPhone did just shut down once, then restarted itself, with a notification that the battery settings have been readjusted to compensate for the battery drain. It felt legit to me. It is a three year old phone and the battery isn’t what it used to be. I dunno. I trust Apple on this one...
@lynnesbian okay this one isn’t quite fair; they slowed the cpu down not to make people upgrade but to prevent situations where the cpu demands more energy than the worn out battery can supply
It’s similar to how older cars have trouble starting up, maintaining speed, etc. If a process demanded a surge of power and the battery couldn’t deliver, the phone could just shut off. Now how would that look?
To combat this drawback, Apple added a speed governor, so to speak, for older devices. It tried to keep them running well in old age.
I sold early cell phones (dumbphones) at Circuit a city back in the day, and all their manuals had the same warning: the LiIon battery would start losing charge and performance after 18-24 months. It’s just how this tech is for now.
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