Fragile by design? Three Apple charges…That’ll be $122.82!

 

Three Apple Charges in 2 years…That’ll be $122.82. Three Samsung micro USB charges, on the other hand, will set you back a paltry $9.97.

I never realized how cheap a micro USB charger was because they never break! Apple charges on the other hand, brand and generic, are the feeble weaklings of the consumer electronics world. Is this by design?

Through recent history electronics manufacturers have sold products with built-in obsolescence and introduce new formats forcing consumers to retool regularly. Recent examples include the evolution of music, from records to tapes, CDs and downloads, each format requiring users to buy the music they already own again with the promise of better quality.

Gadget makers, including Apple, also sell electronics with batteries that cannot easily be replaced, forcing users to either upgrade or pay for expensive repairs. Apple has also regularly changed the design of its power supplies and other accessories with new models, forcing consumers to buy new versions.

So what about built-in fragility? If Apple products were similarly priced to other consumer electronics brands and had similar rates of failure then there is no there, there. However, can we simply chalk up the stark contrast in failure rates with some Apple products to coincidence? Especially when you also take into account the profitability of those products that have to be replaced regularly.

#CLASSACTION ? 😉

OLD TECH – NEW TECH – HISTORY REPEATING? INTERNET WORLD 1996

Here’s something to consider. While the pioneers of the Internet were gathered in New York City in 1996, for Internet World conference, Mark Zuckerberg was 12 years old. He, along with many of his now peers I expect, was a wide-eyed enthusiastic prepubescent school kid.

In 1996 I was lucky enough to have been involved in the Internet for over three years. I had done a couple of start-ups and had a small exit under my belt. So armed with my shiny new JVC mini-camcorder, a Palm Pilot 2 and bucket-loads of new ideas for my next Internet business, I left the UK on a world tour, to see what was going on outside Europe.

I’ve been digging through loads of mini DVs from that trip, and can see many similarities from that time to present day. The difference is, the then new Internet companies are now “Old Tech” companies, having been outpaced by today’s “New Tech” players, who are pioneering a whole new wave of Internet. I found John Gage’s keynote fascinating to watch. I’ve shared the first four minutes with you here.

Enjoy!