While I’m not convinced it’s a deliberate act, some of this stuff does make me ponder it. There is a large amount of precedent for companies to provide products that are not quite as good as they could be in order to foster more purchases in the future. Just look at the tech industry, gaming consoles have been using this method for many years. TVs, cellphones, computers all putting off innovation and power for next years model. It has made companies a lot of money. So I would say this is plausible.