Which is why (among other reasons) I don't use Apple phones. If Apple was the only producer of phones it would be a problem, but other cheaper alternatives exist, especially brands from China. Apple is getting desperate to stay relevant but it's only shooting itself in the foot. And if you intentionally break a product someone buys that is a violation of the NAP and must be prosecuted. If you mislead a purchaser into buying a product that is advertised as having longer life than it does, that is fraud and can also be prosecuted.>>142647
When a product breaks one of three things happen. If a warranty is valid on the product (which is essentially a guarantee on its lifetime), then it is repaired or replaced at the producer's expense. If a contractual guarantee exists that the product will survive a certain amount of time, the producer can be taken to court for not fulfilling the contract. If neither of these exists, the customer takes the risk on himself when he buys the product that is of lower price but of questionable quality. "Buyer beware" is a principle that has existed for the entirety of the history of commerce.
Again, you seem to think that heavy-handed regulations would solve a cultural problem of consumer complacency. In reality, they would just drive up the cost of goods (politicians know jack about manufacturing and such regulations always add costs they don't intend, just ask Eric Peters) and make consumers more complacent since they expect the government to have solved their problems for them. If you actually want to change anything, spread information telling people what to look for and how they can lengthen the life of their items.
Governmental intervention is always a slippery slope that will eventually be used against your side when the cultural winds shift. Once that happens you have only yourself to blame.