“Planned obsolescence” is a tired old phrase and a favorite of Apple critics when talking about how the company likes to get people to upgrade to shinier iPhones. The supposed menacing aspect of having Apple actively pull users up to newer devices or push down older device owners’ experiences is what’s troubling at least 100 people who are participating in a class action lawsuit against the Cupertino giant.
Specifically, those holding the iPhone 4s are asking for at least $5 million in damages and fees plus admission of wrongdoing in ads and disclaimers [...]
It’s the common thing for retailers to drop the price of Apple products when they’re a week or two away from being refreshed. It’s also the common deal for carriers like Sprint to drop the price as well if they haven’t met their quota of sales. What’s odd is to see a retailer do this when we are still a ton of months away from the expected refresh of the next-generation iPhone.
In this case we’re talking about Walmart, which just decided to drop the price of the iPhone 5 to just $129 after the usual 2-year contract, and the iPhone 4S to just [...]