Good god is this piece stupid. Maybe before you write a piece pillorying a tech company you should know something about tech? Or have experience with more than one device?
The writer complains that her iPhone 4 has gone bad thanks to the demands of iOS 7, which is all part of Apple’s scheme to pressure her into upgrading just as new iPhones happen to come out, implying that this is a sneaky, underhanded way of competing with the rising tide of Android phones.
Yes, iOS 7 probably wrecked her phone. OS updates tend to do that to smartphones. So no, it’s not a coincidence that her phone crapped out around the time of the new iPhone release, since that’s also when new iOS versions roll out. But iPhone 4? Her phone is three years old, an eternity in smartphone time, and the fact that it was working fine until now speaks rather well of Apple. Clearly she has never owned an Android phone or she might notice how it turns into hot garbage in one short year (or, more specifically, with one OS upgrade) rather than three.
Quick obsolescence is a frustrating problem with all tech, and Apple certainly profits from it, and I would agree it’s outrageous how our phones nowadays basically self-destruct rather than run for years and years the way the dumbphones of the early aughts did. But for the writer to accuse Apple of some nefarious and shady obsolescence scheme when its competitors are even worse is unfair and ridiculous.