Thursday Tech Talk

By popular demand, our weekly science & technology discussion is back!

Weekly News Item:  “Apple is talking to ‘government agencies’ about iPhone slowdowns” (Washington Post)

Looks like the House that Jobs Built has gotten themselves into a bit of trouble after getting caught taking “built-in obsolescence” a little too far. Apple admitted late last year that their iOS software intentionally slows down older iPhone models.  Their excuse?  It “saves battery life.”

“As we told our customers in December, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.” — official statement

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(Pictured: Apple spokesperson)

Apple has temporarily dropped replacement battery price from $79 to $29 and has promised to release an update that lets customers control the battle throttling as its remedial measures.  But in this laissez-faire political environment we live in these days, will they pay any real price for their chicanery?

Obviously it won’t put a dent in their ravenously loyal fan base, but if the EU starts looking into this, there might be economic sanctions to pay.  (Their $300,000,000,000 pile of cash should be more than able to cover it, I would wager.)

What else is going on in science & technology?  I open the floor to you.  (No, not you.)