Here is the continuation of the second item of this “ownership scenario”. To repeat, unlike any other smartphones, buying an iPhone does not guarantee that the person who bought it actually owns it.
Phone manufacturers, especially Apple (maybe only Apple) can cut the autonomy of which models can get an update of the latest OS. This is another money making mechanism that calls for the subscribers to buy periodically Apple products. This is one of the things that make Apple have an advantage over their Android and Windows Phone counterparts.
Apple also controls the distribution of apps on the App Store. It is hard to install a third party software to an iPhone or any Apple’s mobile devices.
The procedure is justified to protect the Apple system from virus and other malware. That is why Apple is very hard to hack. However, software security is acquired in the expense of traditional ownership rights.
In the end, after knowing the cost of buying an iPhone, is it still reasonable for Apple to mark a high price on their “unhackable” products?
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