[quote=“Oldmacs, post:9, topic:3273”]Thus why they will never be the ‘environmentally caring’ company they claim they are. Recycling some old iPhones is not the same as ensuring that their devices don’t have arbitrary usability cut offs. Not arbitrarily cutting off software support isn’t extending longevity for the hell of it, more like doing what should be a basic requirement in a world where we need to be extending the useful lifespan of things. [/QUOTE]
They’re not arbitrarily cutting off software support. There’s very good technical reasons why this needs to happen. The devices affected by it are 4-5 years old now. They’re well and truly past the expected lifespan of the technology.
Using this to fuel the “Apple doesn’t care about the environment” case is a bullshit argument.
[QUOTE]Again, that is an ideal world, reality means it is not gonna happen so the consumer looses out. It is on Apple, it is Apple’s choice to not offer a workaround. Is it a developer’s fault if they go out of business due to uncontrollable factors? It is Apple’s choice to drop support and I would blame Apple given they’re the massive corporation with the truckloads of cash and resources who can actually make the difference here. [/QUOTE]
We don’t live in an ideal world. This is the world we live in.
Apple have provided the tools for developers to solve this problem. Apple’s cashflow and resources are hugely irrelevant to this situation.
These factors are perfectly controllable. Apple has warned in advance that this day is coming, the signs that this would one day happen have been around since the iPhone 5S to anyone with any technical knowledge, and Apple provides up to date resources and documentation for developers to keep their apps up to do date.
It is Apple’s choice but it’s a necessary choice to advance their platform. And if not now, then when?
Exactly. And that’s why emulators and other similar workarounds are a terrible solution to this problem.
If a Chrome or Internet Explorer update breaks my company’s website, I have to update my website. I can’t then call up Google or Microsoft and tell them to rollback the changes to fix it.