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Why is my iPad 1 being made obsolete

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jack.k.n. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 4, 2014 2:50 AM

I keep getting messages on my iPad 1 that I need to update certain apps if I want to continue using them.


Then when I go to update them I'm told I need to update my Ios to version 6 or higher! Not possible with the iPad 1 which is only allowed to run Ios 5 at best. I understand that it lacks processor power to run the new Ios, but certain apps still allow me to run old versions of their apps, compatible with old versions of the Ios. However bigger brand apps such as 4OD and (soon to join) Linkedin will not allow access to older versions of their apps.


Now the current solution it seems is to fork out £430 (for the Ipad 2 which is probably destined for a similar fate) or £500 for the new iPad air, just so I can continue to use these free apps. A large part of the Ipad app community. This seems completely excessive when it's not me making the decision that my iPads getting on.


Will this also happen to apps that I have paid for? Why isn't Apple looking into an upgrade program to keep people using the iPad? Right now the Nexus is looking a lot more tempting with it's accessible price tag. I don't want to fork out another £500 for a tablet that wont last past the five year mark, purely because of the developers forcing us to upgrade.


The battery life is still perfect on my iPad and it still runs the apps I’m allowed to have. It's in perfect working order. But I fear that in less that a years time it will only be useful as a door wedge. Will Apple look after their customers? The ones who invested in the first model of this revolutionary tablet?


Don’t mean to sound whiny, but It’s the first time I’ve been forced to upgrade because of software. Usually it’s hardware, but this hardware is still fine and I know it. But the developers are telling us otherwise.

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  • Skydiver119 Level 7 Level 7 (20,275 points)
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    Feb 4, 2014 4:36 AM (in response to jack.k.n.)

    One big thing stopping the upgrade process that you describe, the iPad isn't made modular. It's not like a laptop where you can  open up the case and pop in new ram or a new battery, it's largely one big chip inside attached to a big battery. It's hard to upgrade something that's manufactureed as a single piece.


    I have an ipad 2 and will likely be in the same boat as you in a few months to next year (my money is on my device not being eligible for iOS8)


    Software moves faster than hardware, which is just no fun I know.

  • raymond73 Level 3 Level 3 (860 points)
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    Feb 4, 2014 5:19 AM (in response to jack.k.n.)

    Yeh, I am really, really upset that Windows 8 will not run on my 386SX computer. I cannot even find 5.25 inch floppies with Windows 8. How dare you abandon me Microsoft?


    Technology moves on. It is the nature of technology. Stay in the past if you like but realize that you will not be able to take advantage of new software.

  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,095 points)
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    Feb 4, 2014 5:35 AM (in response to raymond73)

    I don't think you reply is intended to be provocative to OP but to me it does come across as if it is. You could have replied in a gentler, kinder way but unfortunately you chose not to.


    I think OP's ultimate point is 'not all progress is necessarily a good thing' which has my sympathy.


    Although not a very good analogy I think most of us would agree that (in hindsight) the development/progression of nuclear weapons or even weapons of modern warfare in general is not the 'best' thing for us and the planet we live on.


    Still we can't un-invent a thing once it's been invented. As time marches on it remains to be seen if the progress we see now is ultimately beneficial in the long run?


    As always only time will tell and YMMV according to your budget.


    My 2p.

  • SolverWiz Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)
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    Feb 4, 2014 5:56 AM (in response to jack.k.n.)

    The other truth is that Apple fully controls the Apple App Store and will not allow any apps created by developers for a growing number of earlier iOS devices to be approved.  Most developers would eventually abandon these early devices after a lack of demand made them too expensive to support, but Apple forces this to happen much sooner.

    Apple now makes it impossible to create, list or update a classic app compatible with, say, the original iPhone and have it in the Apple App Store.

  • tntoofore Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Feb 4, 2014 6:48 AM (in response to jack.k.n.)

    Same problem, but, some apps can be bypassed. Recently one of the periodicals I take made their old app non-workable and new app not available to my old Ipad. However, even though this is a paid periodical and requires password, etc, I was able to continue using it by going to non-mobile site and creating icon, etc. Unfortunately, I know this won't work for those for which app is more completely integrated into product. However, for some web sites, I prefer using non-mobile version anyway.

  • Bulldunker Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 4, 2014 8:42 AM (in response to jack.k.n.)

    I just spent hours writing to and speaking to Apple support about this same problem. We love our two iPads and they seem to be as new as when we bought thm 3 years ago but Apple doesn't seem to care about all of us who trusted them on the original iPads enough to continue supporting them with apps that work. I wrote them again to ask for a returnable discount solution because we surely can't shuck out money every 3 years on such an expensive item. I saw a Samsung tablet of a friend a few days ago which seems to be a better solution finacially and technically... maybe that will be the way I go when my iPad becomes completelt obsolete. I hope everyone else is raising **** with Apple like the people I see in these posts!

  • stedman1 Level 8 Level 8 (49,850 points)
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    Feb 4, 2014 8:46 AM (in response to Bulldunker)

    And did that wonderful Samsung tablet have Apps that would be perpetually compatible with it? Will the operating system have any further upgrades? Will there be a newer operating system that just won't be compatible with the tablet?

  • stedman1 Level 8 Level 8 (49,850 points)
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    Feb 4, 2014 9:19 AM (in response to jack.k.n.)

    Five years seems like a very, very optimistic wish.

  • stedman1 Level 8 Level 8 (49,850 points)
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    Feb 4, 2014 10:06 AM (in response to jack.k.n.)
  • rhys121 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Feb 4, 2014 10:26 AM (in response to jack.k.n.)

    The unfortunate fact is that the iPad 1st gen's hardware is just not good enugh anymore, as a previous iPad 1 owner I understand the frustration but unfortunatly other than obtaining older versions of apps (as stedman1 suggested) there's nothing you can do. Technology moves fast and don't forget the iPad 1 is almost 5 years old now!

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