It happens every year: Apple releases new iPhones, and then hordes of people groan about their older iPhones slowing to a crawl. The phenomenon of perceived slowdowns is so widespread that many believe tech companies intentionally cripple smartphones and computers to ensure that people buy new ones every few years. Conspiracy theorists call it planned obsolescence.
"A New Phone Comes Out. Yours Slows Down. A Conspiracy? No." is from the November 15, 2017 Technology section of The New York Times. It was written by Brian X. Chen and narrated by Kristi Burns.