Sometime in the next few months, Apple will prompt millions of iPhone users to install a major software upgrade.
And then many of those phones will stop working properly.
Phones will become more sluggish and more crash prone, and battery life will fall dramatically. And this is not a tech glitch. This is a corporate strategy called "planned obsolescence" -- and it's a rip-off for consumers and a disaster for the environment.
But with Apple's latest iPhone due out later this summer, we have a perfect opportunity to pressure them to stop these phone-sabotaging software "upgrades." Will you chip in to help demand Apple ditch planned obsolescence?
Electronic devices like iPhones and iPads are loaded with cancer-causing toxic chemicals that very often end up in landfills, polluting, soil, water, and people's bodies. Often this electronic toxic waste gets shipped off to poor developing countries for disposal.
The Chinese village of Guiyu is so loaded with used phones, monitors, and circuit boards that it's been called the "Chernobyl of electronic waste" and has some of the highest levels of cancer-causing toxins in the world.
Apple likes to brag about how they promote environmentally responsible disposal and that Apple phones have less of these toxic materials than some competitors.
But there’s nothing worse for the environment than Apple’s blatant strategy of planned obsolescence, which guarantees that huge numbers of phones and tablets will be dumped in landfills after just a year or two of use.
The launch of Apple's iPhone 7 is just a few months away, and if we can mobilize enough pressure we can stop Apple from pushing out software "upgrades" that render older phones useless. Will you chip in to help demand Apple ditch planned obsolescence?