Your good old iPhone – why you shouldn’t part with it until the end?
The excitement of a new acquisition can make you not want to think about what will happen to your old equipment when it is “retired.” In most cases, selling the phone on the secondary market is only a temporary solution. It is impossible to estimate how long the iPhone will spend with the next owner. However, you can predict what will happen with such a device later.
Broken (although mostly repairable) or simply worn out equipment poses one of today’s greatest environmental challenges. Growing e-waste dumps are much more than an aesthetic problem. During slow decomposition, huge amounts of toxins are released into the environment, which have a disastrous effect on the biosphere. On this infamous island there are, among others, lead and mercury, which penetrate into soils and waters, poisoning the ecosystem for a long time.
There is a lot of talk about recycling e-waste and developing new, effective methods to bring materials back into circulation, but the reality is brutal. The only fully safe way to stop the crisis is conscious consumption consisting in limiting harmful purchases and extending the life cycle of devices – in particular in spite of manufacturers striving to shorten the useful life of equipment.
For the market giants, this means an excuse to create next, almost identical generations of electronics and the certainty of profit from their sale. In this segment, Apple is, unfortunately, an infamous icon, well known for deliberately degrading the performance of older iPhones with properly prepared software updates. Fortunately, this practice was discovered and stopped.
If you’re an iPhone owner, you’re very lucky. This equipment, subjected to periodic maintenance, can successfully work perfectly for many years and count on safe system updates, thanks to which the device will not “break” under the pressure of more and more demanding applications.
New life for your iPhone
The passage of time and sudden random events are the only factors over which we have little influence. However, their effects can be minimized. The Apple service deals with this area, often trying to use (if possible) parts obtained from donor devices. However, even in the case of repairs where such action would not make sense, making it necessary to install completely new components, in the end, the environment is a plus.
Services such as iPhone battery replacement or screen replacement fully restore the ability to use the equipment after the repair of the fault. The new screen allows you to navigate the phone, giving access to all the functions and resources of the smartphone, where a damaged matrix was the only obstacle to the effective operation of other components.
Installing a new battery, in turn, brings them back to peak performance and battery life equivalent to a brand new device. In practice, this service solves many interconnected problems, and after repair it turns out that a new iPhone is not needed at all.
This is a common scenario. Technological development has slowed down over the last few years and phone replacement usually does not result in major changes. Instead, they are brought by each next thoughtlessly discarded copy that builds mountains of dangerous garbage.
Resignation from adding your own brick, so far, is the most effective weapon in the fight against overproduction of garbage.