American multinational technology company, Apple Inc., said on Sunday that the iPhone and Apple watch have a life expectancy of three years, while the AppleTV devices, will be four years.
The Cupertino based company made this revelation, in a recent update to its environmental policy.
This information which was first reported by Forbes.com, explained that the iPhone, Apple Watch and Macbook are expected to last for a mere three years before failing, while the OS X and AppleTV devices will get an extra twelve months to reach the four-year mark.
“To model customer use, we measure the power consumed by a product while it is running in a simulated scenario,” Apple was quoted as saying.
“Daily usage patterns are specific to each product and are a mixture of actual and modelled customer-use data. Years of use, which are based on first owners, are assumed to be four years for OS X and tvOS devices and three years for iOS and watchOS devices,” the company added.
This means that after the introduction of a new iPhone device, the smartphone will no longer receive update support beyond a three-year period.
Apple has consistently rolled out new operating system updates to older devices and the hardware offered to replace older units.
For example, the recently launched iPhone SE, which is designed similar to iPhone 5S, can be upgraded from new iOS 9 to the next three years of iOS updates — something the iPhone 5S would be unable to do. The 5S was released late 2013.