Upgrade rage: Why you may have to buy a new device whether you want to or not

We buy some new smart gadget and when we plug it in for the first time it requires an update to work. So we end up downloading and updating before we can even play with our new toy.

But what happens when we can’t update our gadgets any further?

Every year, vendors such as Apple and Google add to their list of vintage devices that no longer get operating system or security updates.

For example, owners of the Pixel 2 smartphone (released by Google in 2017) were told in late 2020 they would no longer receive regular scheduled system and security updates.

Upgrading to Google’s newest smartphones won’t insulate them from this problem for long. Owners of the latest Pixel 5 are told to expect this device (released in October 2020) to be made vintage in 2023.

Even if an operating system vendor still supports a device, this presumes the apps and network connections will still work for older devices, which is not always the case.

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