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  • 15. Re: Why is my iPad 1 being made obsolete
    Phil0124 Level 6 Level 6 (10,710 points)

    rhys121 wrote:

     

    Technology moves fast and don't forget the iPad 1 is almost 7-8 years old now!

    7-8?  Really?  The First gen iPad was released in 2010. Its going to be 4 years old in April. 

     

    With that said, tech moves on. Its phisically impossible to run a newer iOS on the first gen iPad.  However Apple has nothing to do with what iOS version the App developers choose to support or require. As is evident by the sheer amouint of Apps in the store still supporting iOS 5. The developer could choose to do so. If they decide their App requires the newer Os there really isn't much that Apple can do.  Apple simply provides newer better OS's to offer new features to their paying customers. After 4 years of service, and likely still another one of o.k functionaity, I don't think there's much more one can expect from a mobile device. 5 years of service is what you expect, and I'm sure the iPad is still going to deliver close to that.

     

    Also just to put things in perspective, the original iPad got 2 major OS updates in its life span. And even after 2 major updates it did not get, it still functional and can get Apps.   I think that's pretty good for a mobile device.

  • 16. Re: Why is my iPad 1 being made obsolete
    Bulldunker Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    With the amount of time I had to look at it, it had enough apps that I liked and I suppose it could have many more. The npbest point was it was about a third of the price of an iPad2...

  • 17. Re: Why is my iPad 1 being made obsolete
    Bulldunker Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I agree... if we're to have our apparatus obsoleted ever few years, we have to look at the cost and use for those years they serve us. What is a pity, is that my original iPad looks and works like new... to throw it into a junkheap seems criminal!

  • 18. Re: Why is my iPad 1 being made obsolete
    Bulldunker Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I understand and agree with all of this... I'm a 62 y/o Telecommunications Engineer and have seen technologies move at lightspeed but what I'm trying to get from Apple, to keep everyone faithful, is to have a trade-in program and a discount for each time we, as dedicated users, a way of continueing with the product we prefer.

  • 19. Re: Why is my iPad 1 being made obsolete
    Phil0124 Level 6 Level 6 (10,710 points)

    Apple does offer a Recyling program in conjunction with parnets like PowerOn for devices.

     

    You can submit your device for a Store Gift Card, and use that to purchase a new device. 

     

    Though you'll probably get more money if you sell the device directly.

     

     

    http://www.apple.com/recycling/

  • 20. Re: Why is my iPad 1 being made obsolete
    Bulldunker Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yeah, right... I wouldn't send my iPad to them without knowing what they'll give to me first... but thanx.

  • 21. Re: Why is my iPad 1 being made obsolete
    SolverWiz Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)

    From Phil0124

    "However Apple has nothing to do with what iOS version the App developers choose to support or require."

     

     

    Not true.  Developers can NOT make any new apps or updates compatible with iOS 4.2.1 or earlier for their App Store customers.  That restriction was was made by Apple.

  • 22. Re: Why is my iPad 1 being made obsolete
    James Ward4 Level 7 Level 7 (24,040 points)

    SolverWiz wrote:

     

    ... Developers can NOT make any new apps or updates compatible with iOS 4.2.1 or earlier for their App Store customers.  That restriction was was made by Apple.

    No, new apps must be compatible with iOS 7. There is no restriciton on how far back they can go in terms backwards compatability. Many have simply chosen not to support a version of iOS that is two major releases back.

  • 23. Re: Why is my iPad 1 being made obsolete
    Phil0124 Level 6 Level 6 (10,710 points)

    Bulldunker wrote:

     

    Yeah, right... I wouldn't send my iPad to them without knowing what they'll give to me first... but thanx.

     

    You can get a quote right there on the page, so you would know what they'll give you for it before sending it in.

     

     

    SolverWiz wrote:

     

    Not true.  Developers can NOT make any new apps or updates compatible with iOS 4.2.1 or earlier for their App Store customers.  That restriction was was made by Apple.

     

    As James points out, there is no limit on backward compatibility. There is a requirement to be optimized for iOS 7. That is adopt the look and feel for iOS 7. But that does not prevent an App from running on prior versions.

     

    As good evidence, the Netflix, and CBS News Apps, are iOS 7 optimized, but run fine on iOS 5.5 on my first gen iPad.

  • 24. Re: Why is my iPad 1 being made obsolete
    tntoofore Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Most of us don't expect the hardware to be up to many of the new possibilities, but, activly keeping the designers from making what upgrades are possible for the old machines seems a bit cheap. One only hopes there is some reason other than trying to force new purchaces behind that.

  • 25. Re: Why is my iPad 1 being made obsolete
    James Ward4 Level 7 Level 7 (24,040 points)

    tntoofore wrote:

     

    Most of us don't expect the hardware to be up to many of the new possibilities, but, activly keeping the designers from making what upgrades are possible for the old machines seems a bit cheap. One only hopes there is some reason other than trying to force new purchaces behind that.

    No one is keeping developers from maintaining compatibility with older versions. The developers are choosing to do that. In many cases, this is purely a matter of cost and efficiency.

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