I held out as long as I could but I finally upgraded my iPhone 6s to a 13 mini. To be honest, the camera and battery life are better but, for my use anyway, it's not that much of a change. There's definitely work to be done on hardware obsolescence, be it deliberate or not.
If Americans would extend the life of their cellphones by one year, for instance, it would be the climate-saving equivalent of taking 636,000 cars off the road, or about the amount of passenger vehicles registered in the state of New Mexico.
Nice to see things moving in the right direction. I just replaced the battery on my iPhone 6s for the third time. A repair centre will charge about €50 to do it for you and if you do it yourself, like I did, it will cost you €20. The constant need to upgrade is a disease.
Interesting take on (Silicon Valley) privilege versus exposure to the current Covid-19 pandemic.
They’re simply succumbing to one of the dominant ethos of the digital age, which is to design one’s personal reality so meticulously that existential threats are simply removed from the equation. The leap from a Fitbit tracking your heart rate to an annual full-body cancer scan or from a doorbell surveillance camera to a network of autonomous robot sentries is really just a matter of money. No matter the level of existential security, the Netflix shows we stream are the same.
I've certainly thought about this myself as we sit comfortably at home while delivery drivers and shop staff risk exposure to supply us with anything we need.