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Planned Obsolescence & Apple

Environmental impact is often forgotten in the stampede to get the latest tech-toy. Apple has been accused of making it hard to fix or upgrade its latest iMacs. Should you care?

What’s the Latest Development?

Apple has been accused of making it difficult to fix or upgrade its latest range of iMacs. According to Apple upgrade specialist Other World Computing, the latest all-in-one design makes it all but impossible to replace the hard drive in the machine with anything but an Apple-fitted device should it fail or need expansion.

What’s the Big Idea?

Other World Computing wonders for us: “In short, the Apple-branded main hard drive cannot be moved, removed or replaced. It really begins to raise questions: is this planned obsolescence at work?”  If it pricks your conscience on how to act as a consumer, see the Backbone article where Greenpeace outlines four factors to consider when making I.T. purchasing decisions.


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