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    Because it really fascinates me Apple updates products even after newer versions come out.
    And not just apple. It has gotten so expected and some people fill forums like these with profanity that apple/samsung/htc/etc... stop providing indefinite releases of software for their systems purchase a couple of years ago. When did this become expected?

    As long as your iP2 will do what YOU want, and most importantly NEED it to, my advice is to keep it, then if it die's by all means upgrade to the latest - which might even be Samsung etc.
    Never a doubt, in my mind, that I am keeping my Ipad II. I would even go further to suggest that I might even prefer to buy a NEW IPAD II rather than an IPAD IV, because the II is significantly less money and still very nice. But then, I am waiting for the next generation ping driver to come out in the hope that the ones that are three generations old (still available new, to replace my current 10+ generation-old driver) will be within my price range. And, I am looking to purchase a samsung galaxy II because it is a lot cheaper than the galaxy III.

    I am starting to appreciate good enough when I can save a little money.

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    Lets also add that even when the iPad 2 gets to unsupported status, it will still work and be quite useful.

    Is there a reason why an unsupported device still can't get most new apps or whatever?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oberkc View Post
    And not just apple. It has gotten so expected and some people fill forums like these with profanity that apple/samsung/htc/etc... stop providing indefinite releases of software for their systems purchase a couple of years ago. When did this become expected?



    Never a doubt, in my mind, that I am keeping my Ipad II. I would even go further to suggest that I might even prefer to buy a NEW IPAD II rather than an IPAD IV, because the II is significantly less money and still very nice. But then, I am waiting for the next generation ping driver to come out in the hope that the ones that are three generations old (still available new, to replace my current 10+ generation-old driver) will be within my price range. And, I am looking to purchase a samsung galaxy II because it is a lot cheaper than the galaxy III.

    I am starting to appreciate good enough when I can save a little money.
    Sometime in 2010, someone bought a set of TaylorMade R9 TP irons for around $900 then paid another $50+ to have them regripped. They turned up in my local golf shop last month for $250, so now they're in my bag. I like "obsolete". It saves me money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s2mikey View Post
    Lets also add that even when the iPad 2 gets to unsupported status, it will still work and be quite useful.

    Is there a reason why an unsupported device still can't get most new apps or whatever?
    Because developers will increasingly build apps to take advantage of newer hardware, which will increasingly overtax old hardware. Which apps and when they lose support will vary. Newer firmware also is required for some apps.

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    Be honest. If you already have an iPad 2 it does everything you use it for now. When you want to something new or differently it may not - then you evaluate if what you want to do is worth the cost of a new device. If you use it for Internet, forums, iMessage, reading books, listening to music, watching videos, email etc then an iPad 2 will be fine for quite a while. But getting a new one now, for the cost of $150.00, the iPad 4 makes sense. You will have better video recording, better FaceTime video, able to upgrade and use ALL of the latest iOS features for some time to come. If, however, you have a hard time justifying the money then don't get the iPad 4 and you will be happy with what you've received as an incredible gift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaykaykay

    Because developers will increasingly build apps to take advantage of newer hardware, which will increasingly overtax old hardware. Which apps and when they lose support will vary. Newer firmware also is required for some apps.
    Sure, I get that. It just seems that most of the library of apps will still be available for older idevices even many years later. Think of all the apps that were written before the newest iPad was released. There are tens of thousands of them. And, you can always not take updates if they require certain hardware specs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s2mikey View Post
    Sure, I get that. It just seems that most of the library of apps will still be available for older idevices even many years later. Think of all the apps that were written before the newest iPad was released. There are tens of thousands of them. And, you can always not take updates if they require certain hardware specs.
    I'm not app crazy, so I really only care about whether the apps I use are affected. I figure individual owners are best positioned to decide when their iPad needs upgrading, depending on how they use it. Your usage probably varies from mine, for instance.

    For me, crashes and sluggishness are a big strike, because I use my iPads for surfing more than anything else -- that's how I read nearly all of my news (I read about a dozen news sites every day, and read links off them as well, for instance, and I speed read). The little work I can do on iPad also is also limited by crashes and sluggishness.

    The other iPad apps I use most frequently (for books, audiobooks, movies and email) tend to have more backward compatibility than say game apps, which don't interest me at all. With apps I use on the go (like travel or search-specialized apps like Yelp), my phone is the key thing most of the time, and I'm using an Android phablet for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s2mikey View Post
    I believe apple can replace a battery for about a hundred bucks or so. If the iPad 2 is still working great and just needs a battery then that may be money well spent for some people. Obsolete doesn't apply to a product that still does something useful. It could be ten more years until any iPad is truly obsolete. It may not run every new, memory hogging app out there but obsolete is too harsh a word for something that will still have a purpose and plenty of uses. Guess I'm just being an iPad 2 fanboy.
    Obsolete doesn't have much to do with a single user.

    adjective

    1.
    no longer in general use; fallen into disuse: an obsolete expression.

    2. of a discarded or outmoded type; out of date: an obsolete battleship.

    it can indeed be obsolete but still useful to a person.

    It seems people just fear being associated with the word obsolete.
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    I figure if you're happy with your device, it doesn't matter if other people have discarded it and moved on. My mom is still loving her VCRs, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaykaykay
    I figure if you're happy with your device, it doesn't matter if other people have discarded it and moved on. My mom is still loving her VCRs, lol.
    I own and occasionally still use devices that most people would have considered obsolete decades ago. For example, one of my favourite cameras is an 84 year old Leica in perfect operating condition, which is still used occasionally.
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