The longevity of an operating system like Windows XP can be gauged by several facts, including if your immediate competitor is still using it. Even after end of support.

I’m sure Apple has taken the necessary precautions, including turning off the Internet connectivity in the computer above, but the thing is, this is industrial use of sorts — it is not always easy to port custom software that is written for Windows XP to newer versions of the operating system.

Not always easy.

Anyway, you may be aware of the recent drama regarding the iPhone 6 Plus where some users have reported that the device bends during normal usage.

Apple let one reporter into their labs to show the world how rigorously their phones are tested before a design is approved. And as the image above shows, Windows XP is very much a part of these quality control procedures.


To be honest, it is probably the pressure testing machine that requires a specific set of drivers and instructions, and it comes as no surprise that these require the recently retired version of Windows to run. Windows XP is still heavily used in the industrial and educational sectors.

Besides, as mentioned above, most manufacturing equipment is rarely connected to the Internet, which is a large part of where the threats for Windows XP come from.

If it ain’t broke, and all that.

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  • WillyThePooh

    Hmmm… Wonder why they don’t insist using Mac computers in their own lab.

    • xinu

      Because most industrial machinery is designed to work on windows computers. Why should apple pay more to have the same machienery designed to work on their computers. There are plenty of windows machines on the apple campus, I’m sure much of the machienery Johnny I’ve uses in his design lab are run windows computers.

      • WillyThePooh

        Wonder because Steve Job insisted Apple products are superior than MS products. How can he withstand uses XP to design and test his sort of perfect iPhone? And what would those diehard iSheeps think if they personally insist using Apple’s only but …? Got betrayed by Apple?

        • xinu

          Seriously? You believe that crap? If that would be true then why would Apple have released iTunes on Windows to allow Windows users to use iTunes with their iPod and iPhones? Why would they have released Safari on Windows, and now iCloud Drive? Perhaps Jobs did truly believe that OS X was better than Windows, however he would not let this stand in his way to make a ton of money. Jobs wasn’t half the saint people make him out to be.

          • WillyThePooh

            So he is not really fully stand behind his products after all. However, he did make his believers believing it wholeheartly.

          • xinu

            And smoking cigarettes is good for you. Don’t believe all the marketing you see.