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Apple Device Longevity

Apple users tend to believe that Apple’s device longevity is longer than Windows PCs and Android smartphones. This goes for hardware and for software support. For instance, Apple’s current operating systems work on nearly all Macs, iPhones, and iPads introduced in 2018 and later. (Albeit with some feature loss on the oldest devices.) Apple has published a white paper that offers an illuminating look at how the company works to increase device longevity while balancing environmental impact, protecting customer privacy and safety, and enabling transparency in repair.

Here at MacEdge, we can anecdotally say that we see machines in use for ten or more years very often, even if they are not updated to the current OS. Of course that depends highly on what kind of user that you are. One thing that draws people to Apple product is the fact that they often last longer. You can expect to see more for your investment into a computer by using Apple product.

White Paper Release

The white paper entitled “Longevity, by Design,” Apple outlined how it works to increase product longevity. They achieve this through design and manufacturing, ongoing software support, and access to repair services. The white paper may be aimed at dissuading elected officials from passing Right to Repair legislation. Such legislation could force unwanted design changes. It offers illumination at how the company balances environmental impact, customer privacy and safety, and repair transparency. It’s worth a read if you’re interested in why Apple makes the design decisions it does.

If you love your Apple devices, this may give you a little more appreciation for what Apple does to allow its devices a long life. We hope that you enjoy the ease of use, and if you have any issues you can make an appointment for us to help.