functional obsolescence

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Impairment of the usefulness of a device or equipment due to a design defect, or due to its inability to be upgraded or modified to serve the user's current needs. For example, a relatively new computer becomes functionally obsolete if it cannot run the latest program or peripheral the user wishes to use.

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John's new tablet made looking up information on his iPhone an action of complete functional obsolescence in just about every way possible.
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John worked as a manager in a factory building products mainly dishwashers. John knew that the design was engineered to fail over time, at about the five year mark. With out this functional obsolescence the compony would make less money over time.
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Because my phone seemed to break just one week after my warranty had expired, I am sure that this is an instance of functional obsolescence.
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