We’ve heard the same song on the last few years: a new version of iOS arrives, and older iPhones are clear victims.
You can upgrade on most models, but that usually means that the performance you get on the new OS with your older iPhone will be usually poor. Many people have complained about this,and lawsuits have been lodged:
The update significantly slowed down their iPhones and interfered with the normal usage of the device, leaving Plaintiff with a difficult choice: use a slow and buggy device that disrupts everyday life or spend hundreds of dollars to buy a new phone,” says the lawsuit. “Apple explicitly represented to the public that iOS 9 is compatible with and supports the iPhone 4s. And Apple failed to warn iPhone 4s owners that the update may or will interfere with the device’s performance
There’s already an online petition for Apple to “ditch planned obsolescence”, but it will be tough to see Cupertino changing its strategy. It’s nearly impossible to get companies admit one of the key points of their roadmaps: obsolescence is a money maker.