When you go grocery shopping, you check the manufacturing and ‘best before’ or expiry date of the products you purchase. Same thing you do with medicines. But do you do the same while buying a phone or iPhone to be precise? Or do you actually know that Apple products do have their expiry periods? In a recent update to its environmental policy, Apple, answering a question; informed one and all about how long an Apple device is expected to remain in use. The company informed that the iPhones have a life expectancy of three years just like the Apple Watch. If it is an Apple TV, then it expires in four years.
Some credible reports suggest that iPhone’s productive life cycle will be up at the three year mark like the Apple Watch while the life of the series of operating systems developed by Apple, (OS X) and that of Apple TV will get an extension of 12 months to reach four years. Concerning the issue, Apple quoted: “To model customer use, we measure the power consumed by a product while it is running in a simulated scenario. Daily usage patterns are specific to each product and are a mixture of actual and modelled customer-use data. Years of use, which are based on first owners, are assumed to be four years for OS X and tvOS devices and three years for iOS and watch OS devices.” These expiry periods conform to the Apple’s strategy of introducing operating system updates to older devices and the hardware offered to replace older units.