The Epson case — if the initial legal inquiry finds enough evidence for a trial — could lead to the first prosecution for planned obsolescence, which lawyers warn is a difficult charge to prove in court.
One prominent Taiwan newspaper reports that Apple has trimmed its sales forecast from 50 million iPhones in the first quarter down to 30 million, and that Foxconn, which assembles the phones, has stopped recruiting workers.
Has there ever been a better time for industrial robots? Well, let’s see. There are more companies thinking more creatively and introducing more new models that perform more tasks than ever before, so … no. This is pretty much the golden age.