For example, you used to be able to back up your purchased iOS apps to your computer, and restore them from your computer. In one iOS update (9 IIRC?), they removed the ability to back up the apps from your phone. In a later iOS/iTunes update, they removed the ability to restore backed up apps from your computer, making your existing backed-up apps useless, if you still had them.
Now, the only way to keep your software on your iPhone indefinitely is to never delete it, and never reformat your phone. Ohh and never update iOS because they will break backwards compatibility with apps you already have. For any app that is no longer supported by the developer, you're just out of luck (and I have purchased MANY such apps, being an iPhone user since 2009).
This isn't true. You can still install existing IPAs you have saved in the past by syncing it with Finder. You can also just AirDrop an IPA to your iOS device to install it.
> Now, the only way to keep your software on your iPhone indefinitely is to never delete it, and never reformat your phone.
You can still back up IPA installers by downloading them with Apple Configurator 2. https://ios.gadgethacks.com/how-to/download-ipa-files-for-io...
If I keep going at this rate, I think I will quit smartphones within a few years.
First xbox was offline, subsequent xboxes were more intrusive
first windows pcs were offline, now they have become spy ("telemetry") machines
Apple has reigned itself in (a bit), but they just as stubbornly put business decisions above user wants.