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Apple Products Obsolescence

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  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,475 points)
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    Mar 13, 2011 4:17 PM (in response to CLY4911)
    CLY4911 wrote:
    Did you have a problem when the iphone4 was introduced? A lot of people did which is why Apple faced a class action lawsuit, or were you just accepting of the fact that the device had a design flaw causing users to an inordinate number of dropped calls.


    A design flaw (a "flaw" which all cell phones suffer from to one degree or another) is a very different issue than perceived obsolescence. How is this relevant to your original question?
    MacBook Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.5), Current iPods: 3 Gen Nano, 1st Gen Touch, 3rd Gen Touch, 6th gen Nano, iPad
  • J.K. ROFLing Level 4 Level 4 (1,220 points)
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    Mar 13, 2011 4:31 PM (in response to CLY4911)
    Then to answer your question, frustrated...yes. Angry...no. It is the fact of product improvement. At some point things have to be discontinued. Look at the iMac, with that product, away went serial ports, floppys and SCSI. When I purchased my first iMac I had to replace all of those things. Like someone else said here, do your homework first, that will limit the surprises, you will know if you need to replace cables, software, accessories, etc. Then once you find that out, make your decision, is the new toy worth replacing all of those. When doing your homework, you might find out if there are rumors of a new version coming out and again you decide to replace now or wait for the chance of something new.
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  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,475 points)
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    Mar 13, 2011 4:34 PM (in response to CLY4911)
    CLY4911 wrote:
    My questions are about obsolescence and usage, that is it. I don't need a defense argument about your personal feelings of Apple and how giving your old devices make you feel good (i don't care how it makes you feel), i am asking about the communities reaction to the constant change and associated costs.


    You're personal feelings of frustration are acceptable but mine of pleasure at being able to buy newer, more interesting (to me) devices are not? I thought you were specifically asking people to share their feelings.

    Has anyone experienced this frustration and problem?


    I'm sure you can understand my confusion.
    MacBook Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.5), Current iPods: 3 Gen Nano, 1st Gen Touch, 3rd Gen Touch, 6th gen Nano, iPad
  • anilsudhakaran Level 4 Level 4 (1,375 points)
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    Mar 13, 2011 4:52 PM (in response to CLY4911)
    Completely disagree. Compared with other platforms, apple has provided support and software upgrades to older products when possible. Just because apple releases a new product does not make your old product unusable. Technology moves fast and apple has to keep pace if they want to be relevant.
    iMac i5, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • salty777 Level 3 Level 3 (540 points)
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    Mar 13, 2011 5:15 PM (in response to CLY4911)
    I threw my 2 month old HDTV out today. The maker just launched a new one, with even more features, making mine useless.

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    MacProQuadXeon, Mac OS X (10.6.5), MBP15, iPad, iPhone 3
  • iPhoNettie Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
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    Mar 13, 2011 5:22 PM (in response to CLY4911)
    No, I'm not made of money. I sold my first gen iPad and bought the new one. I've been buying Apple prods long enough to know that a version of most any of their products are good for about a year before a new version comes out. I've gotten each new version of the iPhone and have successfully sold the previous version without much trouble. Will continue to do that with the iPad too if I want to upgrade.

    I can't say I'm frustrated. More like excited on the new things they have in store!

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  • SoramimiCake Calculating status...
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    Mar 13, 2011 6:05 PM (in response to CLY4911)
    I am personally very happy with the way Apple does things. Sure there are the occasional moments where you scratch your head at their reasoning sometimes. Overall though, you can pretty much rely on them to push the edges of the envelope.

    Technology such as MacBooks, iPads, Apple TVs, iPods etc are luxuries. They are not things people are entitled to. The Apple Tax as many call it is not for everyone. As others have suggested, buying Apple means being informed, doing research, and educating yourself.

    After seeing my Apple TV2 my cousin wanted one. He ran out, purchased it and then was furious that he could not hook it up to his non HD 8 year old TV. He whined and carried on something awful to the point where you would think Apple ran over his cat, burned down his house, and knocked up his wife. Eventually, he went to the store and bought a new TV with his tax refund, hooked it all up and he was drooling over how much nicer all his stuff was. He even said later that he wouldn't have known what he was missing had he not bought the Apple TV2.

    If it weren't for companies like Apple who constantly innovate, we would all still be using ancient tech as others have posted. I can't imagine going back to cellphones pre-iPhone. Now, every cell phone copies it's form and function. Without iPads, you can pretty much guarantee there would still be the same horrible Windows based tablet PCs that no one used if they could avoid it.

    You are complaining that by making changes to their products without notice, Apple is doing something wrong. Would you prefer they come right out and tell all of their competitors their exact strategy? As an AAPL stock holder, I'm very glad they are as secretive as they can be. Their secrecy and Android nipping at their heels will ensure the best is yet to come. If that means an iPad 3 this fall, then so be it. It will hurt having just put down money for my new iPad2, but it can go live with a family member while I spring for it's sibling. Not everyone can afford to do that, but that's my guilty pleasure in life. I'm sure I'm not the only one who likes her toys.

    As far as programs to reimburse/credit people who just bought an Apple product before a hardware change, Apple has some. One such example is the price drop on on the iPad 1, and Apple giving out $100 rebates to those who purchased one in the last few weeks. That's fair of them to do and they didn't even have to do that.

    If you believe the iPad 2 would be better suited to your business needs, then sell the 1st gen to offset it's price. For your Bose sound dock and your nano, I don't know about that one. Personally have not bought an iPod since getting an iPhone. It works perfectly fine on my Sound Dock (the portable one).
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  • JScott Level 2 Level 2 (220 points)
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    Mar 13, 2011 7:48 PM (in response to danegeld)
    PERISH the thought! The mention of Commodore 64s gives me flashbacks. Although, must say, it was a Commodore 64, and the frustration and aggravation of using it, that led us to our first Macintosh... the one with 512K, one floppy drive and no hard drive, and MacPaint!
    iMac 2.8 gHz 24" display, 4 gig RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.8), MacBook Pro 17" 2.66 Ghz i7, 4 g RAM, OS X 10.6.4; iPhone 3GS, iPad 64 gig G3
  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,255 points)
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    Mar 13, 2011 8:00 PM (in response to CLY4911)
    Is anyone as frustrated as i am regarding changes Apple makes to products without notification to users so better buying decisions can be made?


    I could not agree more! Only a few months after I purchased my 16K RAM Card for my Apple II+, they come out with the Apple IIe. With 64K of RAM built-in!!
  • JScott Level 2 Level 2 (220 points)
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    Mar 13, 2011 8:02 PM (in response to Ziatron)
    We're showing our age and you know there will be people on this thread having no idea what we are talking about... about computers with RAM expressed in K and not in Gigs or MB.....
    iMac 2.8 gHz 24" display, 4 gig RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.8), MacBook Pro 17" 2.66 Ghz i7, 4 g RAM, OS X 10.6.4; iPhone 3GS, iPad 64 gig G3

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