October 30th, 2013
08:48 AM ET

Columnist Asks: Does Apple Time Your Phone's Death?

Does Apple deliberately cause your phone to slow as it gets older, forcing you to buy a new one?

New York Times economics reporter Catherine Rampell proposes this new theory in her piece, “Cracking the Apple Trap.”

“My theory is, that yes, phones do seem to slow down around the time that a new operating system comes out and it’s ambiguous about whether Apple plans it deliberately,” Rampell says.

“It could be benign.That doesn't mean that it’s not going to upset a lot of consumers and encourage them to upgrade. The question is Apple even incentivized, basically, to make you want to throw away your old phone and buy a new one.”

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