Unrepairable phones and laptops are a serious problem in our throwaway society. But the pushback is building – and the coronavirus crisis has added more pressure for change
Imagine you showed someone a smartphone 20 years ago. You said: Heres this thing, its going to be awesome, and itll cost $1,000. But the manufacturers are going to glue the battery in, and youre supposed to get rid of it when the battery wears out. You would have thought that notion was completely bananas.
Nathan Proctor is talking via Google Hangouts from Boston, Massachusetts, about an allegedly central feature of modern manufacturing known as planned obsolescence. This is the idea that some of the worlds biggest companies have been selling us products either knowing full well that they will only last a couple of years, or having deliberately built a short lifespan into the itemor its software.