These days, it's the most common conspiracy theory out there: smartphone manufacturers specifically design phones so that they'll peter out in a couple of years, forcing you to buy a new one. So, is it true? When it comes to smartphones, the answer is complicated, but that practice of building products to become obsolete — whether functionally or fashionably — is indeed a thing. It's even got a name: planned obsolescence.
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Written by Ashley Hamer August 6, 2017
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