No internal memos, just an abundance of common sense.
Do you think it benefits Apple’s bottom line to have customers feel the need to upgrade their iPhones as much as possible? Do you think Apple’s failure to disclose made customers feel that their only choices were to live with a hobbled iPhone, or buy a new one? Do you think Apple accidentally failed to disclose the minor detail of a new battery making the hobbled iPhones function as-new? Do you think Apple was unhappy that their customers felt the need to buy new iPhones? Do you think a company as controlling as Apple would leave have proof of their devious intentions just sitting around somewhere?
Like I said, common sense.
You are again evading my direct question. Wouldn't it make sense for Apple to stop supporting phones after 2 years of age like is common practice in the Android ecosystem? The fact that they support phones from 2013 (5 years ago) refutes your personal hypothesis of forced obsolescence.
Apple offering deep discounts for battery replacements on older phones refutes your claims of forced obsolescence.
Apple offering software updates and parts replacements for these devices refutes your claims of forced obsolescence.
Apple continuing to offer (slightly higher priced) batteries and parts after Jan 1 2019 also refutes your claims of forced obsolescence.
Apple not placing the iPhone 5s ( 5+ yo device) into vintage or obsolete status refutes your claims of forced obsolescence.
All Common sense™
While Apple is far from perfect, and they have done many things I dislike, I see nothing more than a failure in disclosure in this matter. I believe their intentions were genuine, though would have easily been resolved if they disclosed battery saving performance throttling when they first implemented it.
If you can name a major consumer electronics company that hasn't made some type of mistake in the past decade, I am all ears. No company is perfect, many fail to even acknowledge their mistakes in the way Apple did.
What older devices does Samsung support?This move will just make Apple and Samsung stop supporting and offering updates for older devices.
Apple has made a stance to support older devices, this is clear in the release of iOS 12 that put focus on keeping older devices operational longer, and their recent green initiative of keeping older devices operating and out of landfills longer.