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2012-12-26 01:40:06 PM  
No. It won't. It will still be a perfectly functioning device, unless you're an asshole.
 
2012-12-26 01:43:20 PM  
Got a piece of technology recently? It will be obsolete in the near future.

Shocking.
 
2012-12-26 01:44:04 PM  
iObvious
 
2012-12-26 01:44:49 PM  
Obsolete is not the same as not-being-the-best-available, unless you're some spoiled brat rich kid.
 
2012-12-26 01:45:41 PM  

1000 Ways to Dye: Obsolete is not the same as not-being-the-best-available, unless you're some spoiled brat rich kid.


Who do you think owns iPads??
 
2012-12-26 01:45:53 PM  

StinkyFiddlewinks: No. It won't. It will still be a perfectly functioning device, unless you're an asshole.


Hold on, but what if I am an asshole, what then?
 
2012-12-26 01:47:04 PM  
My new computer's got the clocks, it rocks
But it was obsolete before I opened the box
You say you've had your desktop for over a week?
Throw that junk away, man, it's an antique
Your laptop is a month old? Well that's great
If you could use a nice, heavy paperweight
 
2012-12-26 01:47:27 PM  

MindStalker: StinkyFiddlewinks: No. It won't. It will still be a perfectly functioning device, unless you're an asshole.

Hold on, but what if I am an asshole, what then?


It'll still function perfectly fine.

/Asshole
 
2012-12-26 01:50:12 PM  
I got an Asus tablet to replace my two year old Acer tablet and it's a great improvement.

I like my iPhone, but I don't love Apple enough to buy their new stuff unless I broke my old stuff. Oh, and the new nano is a larger device that you can't clip to your collar? Probably my fault, I kept killing them with gym sweat.
 
2012-12-26 01:53:28 PM  
Almost all of my techology is obtained through yard sales & flea markets and the like.

Because I mostly use Linux, its all pretty usable even if they're 4-5 years old.
 
2012-12-26 01:54:00 PM  

Grither: 1000 Ways to Dye: Obsolete is not the same as not-being-the-best-available, unless you're some spoiled brat rich kid.

Who do you think owns iPads??


If that's the case, they'd have gotten v3 when it came out and not had to wait 9 months.

The only people this matters to are... I dunno, farkers?

If having the new one was important to you, you got it last spring. If not, the thing doing what it's supposed to matters and it'll still do that in 3 months.
 
2012-12-26 02:05:31 PM  

Grither: 1000 Ways to Dye: Obsolete is not the same as not-being-the-best-available, unless you're some spoiled brat rich kid.

Who do you think owns iPads??


Companies shifting away from issuing laptops to their outside sales reps?
 
2012-12-26 02:09:19 PM  

Deneb81: Grither: 1000 Ways to Dye: Obsolete is not the same as not-being-the-best-available, unless you're some spoiled brat rich kid.

Who do you think owns iPads??

If that's the case, they'd have gotten v3 when it came out and not had to wait 9 months.

The only people this matters to are... I dunno, farkers?

If having the new one was important to you, you got it last spring. If not, the thing doing what it's supposed to matters and it'll still do that in 3 months.


What said farkers might look like:
origin.arstechnica.com
 
2012-12-26 02:12:56 PM  
You can still get porn on it, right?
 
2012-12-26 02:16:58 PM  
therepublika.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-12-26 02:25:41 PM  

StinkyFiddlewinks: No. It won't. It will still be a perfectly functioning device, unless you're an asshole.


This.

I've got an iPad 2.

I've wanted a device that does what it does for 20+ years, since I was a kid. Back then, we'd see in sci-fi like Star Trek these nifty handheld computers that you could look things up on, reference things on, do all kinds of neato things.

There were halted, failing attempts at making things like that over the years, but my little iPad lets me check my e-mail, browse the web, watch videos (Youtube and Netflix), reference things (military manuals, medical references, maps, ect.), play music, play games, and function as a calculator, GPS, g-force meter, and a zillion other little things all in one. Put an Otterbox on it to make it more durable, and it's something I use every single day.

Even if Apple makes newer or better ones, it's still quite a nice piece of equipment, and worth every penny I paid for it.
 
2012-12-26 02:29:50 PM  

StinkyFiddlewinks: No. It won't. It will still be a perfectly functioning device, unless you're an asshole.


Exactly. As the thread a few headlines over points out; they make great cat toys.
 
2012-12-26 02:30:41 PM  
But at least I have doritos.

/Which suck so I don't know why I'm glad to have them
 
2012-12-26 02:32:11 PM  

StinkyFiddlewinks: No. It won't. It will still be a perfectly functioning device, unless you're an asshole.


Exactly. The 4 hasn't been out all that long, and before that the 3 was only out for a few months anyway. All of them still do what they did when taken out of the box.

I got a new iPad for Christmas... my iPad 2 was still plenty capable, but the storage space was starting to squeeze me. So what is Apple brings out a new one in a few months? I don't give a fark... this one works just fine too. Hell, if my iPad 2 would have been a 32GB model, I'd still be happily using that one.

As for the folks who buy the new one just to have the new one, well, screw them. They're assholes, and I laugh when they have to go buy another $500+ device just to have the latest and greatest.
 
2012-12-26 02:32:34 PM  
I got my mom a first-gen iPad for Mother's Day back when it first came out. This year I asked her if she wanted a new one for Christmas, and her response was basically "Why? This one works fine. I'd rather have stuff for my garden."

So yeah, not so much on the obsolete. Works great, battery is still chugging away for 6+ hours, and she's happy.
 
2012-12-26 02:33:33 PM  

Gunny Highway: You can still get porn on it, right?


Yes. But only old time, big furry bush porn.

Damn obsolete tech.
 
2012-12-26 02:33:51 PM  
It doesn't matter. The idiots will buy the new one anyway cause OMG APPLE!
 
2012-12-26 02:35:38 PM  

Silverstaff: Even if Apple makes newer or better ones, it's still quite a nice piece of equipment, and worth every penny I paid for it.


Honestly, if someone has a gen 2 iPad or newer, the only reasons I can see to upgrade are for capacity, 4G data (if you have a wifi only model), or if you have an iPhone 5 and just don't want to deal with both 30 pin and Lightning dock connectors (and for that, the entry cost is kinda high just to not carry an additional cable, so we can call that dubious).

The 1st gen has pretty well been left behind (can't Facetime, no iOS 6), but even that one is still useful for things.

If somebody is pissed at only having the newest one for a few months, it tells me they sure as hell weren't into computers a few years back. I remember when you weren't only seeing higher CPU clock speeds every few months, but new CPU generations/design changes every year or so.
 
2012-12-26 02:36:06 PM  

Silverstaff: StinkyFiddlewinks: No. It won't. It will still be a perfectly functioning device, unless you're an asshole.

This.

I've got an iPad 2.

I've wanted a device that does what it does for 20+ years, since I was a kid. Back then, we'd see in sci-fi like Star Trek these nifty handheld computers that you could look things up on, reference things on, do all kinds of neato things.

There were halted, failing attempts at making things like that over the years, but my little iPad lets me check my e-mail, browse the web, watch videos (Youtube and Netflix), reference things (military manuals, medical references, maps, ect.), play music, play games, and function as a calculator, GPS, g-force meter, and a zillion other little things all in one. Put an Otterbox on it to make it more durable, and it's something I use every single day.

Even if Apple makes newer or better ones, it's still quite a nice piece of equipment, and worth every penny I paid for it.


I know you're lying.
Fark tells me all the time that tablets are just useless toys.
 
2012-12-26 02:43:35 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Gunny Highway: You can still get porn on it, right?

Yes. But only old time, big furry bush porn.

Damn obsolete tech.


I hope there are kids viewing old time, big furry bush porn on their dad's "missing" iPad2. I also hope they keep it buried under a log in their back yard.
 
2012-12-26 02:46:26 PM  
Can't be obsolete if the upgrade is only marginally better.
 
2012-12-26 02:47:19 PM  
iProducts are a money draining hamster wheel for suckers.
 
2012-12-26 02:50:52 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Silverstaff: StinkyFiddlewinks: No. It won't. It will still be a perfectly functioning device, unless you're an asshole.

This.

I've got an iPad 2.

I've wanted a device that does what it does for 20+ years, since I was a kid. Back then, we'd see in sci-fi like Star Trek these nifty handheld computers that you could look things up on, reference things on, do all kinds of neato things.

There were halted, failing attempts at making things like that over the years, but my little iPad lets me check my e-mail, browse the web, watch videos (Youtube and Netflix), reference things (military manuals, medical references, maps, ect.), play music, play games, and function as a calculator, GPS, g-force meter, and a zillion other little things all in one. Put an Otterbox on it to make it more durable, and it's something I use every single day.

Even if Apple makes newer or better ones, it's still quite a nice piece of equipment, and worth every penny I paid for it.

I know you're lying.
Fark tells me all the time that tablets are just useless toys.


They are, but they fill the useless toy niche with style, attention to detail, and a consistent user experience.
 
2012-12-26 02:53:46 PM  

illegal.tender: I got my mom a first-gen iPad for Mother's Day back when it first came out. This year I asked her if she wanted a new one for Christmas, and her response was basically "Why? This one works fine. I'd rather have stuff for my garden."

So yeah, not so much on the obsolete. Works great, battery is still chugging away for 6+ hours, and she's happy.


Parents and women wouldnt care, everyone else does........

Besides when its updated to the current OS a lot of apple devices start to act really sluggish, its why I dumped my first iphone and thought about getting the new one but decided to go the android route.
 
2012-12-26 02:53:53 PM  

ProfessorOhki: a consistent user experience.


Too consistent - the iPad's user interface is firmly stuck in 2007.
 
2012-12-26 02:54:30 PM  
Mac people problems.
 
2012-12-26 03:00:18 PM  
I have an iPad 2. Until my friend's iPad1 becomes obsolete by Apple sending an update that completely turns it into a paperweight, I'm not going to worry.

And if Apple were dumb enough to do that, then we could see a rise in the number of Surface Tablets sold.
 
2012-12-26 03:04:08 PM  

StinkyFiddlewinks: No. It won't. It will still be a perfectly functioning device, unless you're an asshole.


1000 Ways to Dye: Obsolete is not the same as not-being-the-best-available, unless you're some spoiled brat rich kid.


Ya THIS
 
2012-12-26 03:04:33 PM  
the wife got an ipad 2 yesterday and loves it. She'll have it for at least a year or more before getting a new one. I tried to talk her into getting something like the nexus, but she wanted the ipad.

/kids got a nabi, going to have to get a second for my sons b-day so they don't have to share.
//Dad of course, gets forgotten..
 
2012-12-26 03:08:33 PM  
Good. If I don't stand in a long line every 3 months I go a little crazy.
 
2012-12-26 03:19:19 PM  
I'm viewing this from a soon to be obsolete ipad3.

I bought my wife a nexus 7 for her bday and that's a cool little device as well. I gotta say that $199 price point is far more attractive than the going rates for iPads.
 
2012-12-26 03:49:40 PM  
Don't give a shiat. If I ever get a tablet, it'll probably be Android.
 
2012-12-26 03:50:16 PM  

StinkyFiddlewinks: No. It won't. It will still be a perfectly functioning device, unless you're an asshole.


you sound like someone who got an ipad for Christmas. am i right?
 
2012-12-26 03:50:41 PM  
pauloflaherty.com
 
2012-12-26 04:12:34 PM  

StinkyFiddlewinks: No. It won't. It will still be a perfectly functioning device, unless you're an asshole.


...or the non-replaceable battery dies.

/this unsustainable disposable-product society needs to think about what it's doing
 
2012-12-26 04:14:07 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Silverstaff: StinkyFiddlewinks: No. It won't. It will still be a perfectly functioning device, unless you're an asshole.

This.

I've got an iPad 2.

I've wanted a device that does what it does for 20+ years, since I was a kid. Back then, we'd see in sci-fi like Star Trek these nifty handheld computers that you could look things up on, reference things on, do all kinds of neato things.

There were halted, failing attempts at making things like that over the years, but my little iPad lets me check my e-mail, browse the web, watch videos (Youtube and Netflix), reference things (military manuals, medical references, maps, ect.), play music, play games, and function as a calculator, GPS, g-force meter, and a zillion other little things all in one. Put an Otterbox on it to make it more durable, and it's something I use every single day.

Even if Apple makes newer or better ones, it's still quite a nice piece of equipment, and worth every penny I paid for it.

I know you're lying.
Fark tells me all the time that tablets are just useless toys.


No, as toys they are very useful.
 
2012-12-26 04:25:36 PM  
Meh. My iPad 2 still works, and will keep on working for quite a while unless I drop it on the floor or something.
 
2012-12-26 04:35:50 PM  
Hardware only becomes obsolete when there is software to make that hardware obsolete.  But please, continue to fight over your half-functional computers that can't have more than one window open at any time.  Lol.
 
2012-12-26 04:36:06 PM  

lohphat: StinkyFiddlewinks: No. It won't. It will still be a perfectly functioning device, unless you're an asshole.

...or the non-replaceable battery dies.

/this unsustainable disposable-product society needs to think about what it's doing


About that...

http://support.apple.com/kb/index?page=servicefaq&geo=United_States& pr oduct=ipad

There are of course other battery replacement options.
Ideally, the battery would be a user serviceable option. But as it is; it's still replaceable.
 
2012-12-26 04:43:44 PM  
I got one, but I haven't taken it out of the box yet.  I guess if the 4 looks to be a huge upgrade, I'll take it back for store credit and wait.  My first generation iPad still works, when I can manage to steal it back from my kids.  Which isn't that often.
 
2012-12-26 04:46:27 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: lohphat: StinkyFiddlewinks: No. It won't. It will still be a perfectly functioning device, unless you're an asshole.

...or the non-replaceable battery dies.

/this unsustainable disposable-product society needs to think about what it's doing

About that...

http://support.apple.com/kb/index?page=servicefaq&geo=United_States& pr oduct=ipad

There are of course other battery replacement options.
Ideally, the battery would be a user serviceable option. But as it is; it's still replaceable.


So... odd thing about that:

Battery Replacement

What is iPad Battery Replacement Service?

If your iPad requires service due to the battery's diminished ability to hold an electrical charge and it is not covered by Apple's one year limited warranty, an AppleCare service contract, or statutory consumer rights, Apple will replace your iPad for a service fee. Please see these simple pointers to maximize iPad battery lifespan and battery life.


Their "Battery Replacement Service" is to replace the iPad due to battery.
 
2012-12-26 04:50:15 PM  

arbitterm: Can't be obsolete if the upgrade is only marginally better.


Just wait until they do what they did with the iPhone 3G: Issue a new OS release that completely ruins its performance and forces people to upgrade.
 
2012-12-26 04:50:47 PM  

ProfessorOhki: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: lohphat: StinkyFiddlewinks: No. It won't. It will still be a perfectly functioning device, unless you're an asshole.

...or the non-replaceable battery dies.

/this unsustainable disposable-product society needs to think about what it's doing

About that...

http://support.apple.com/kb/index?page=servicefaq&geo=United_States& pr oduct=ipad

There are of course other battery replacement options.
Ideally, the battery would be a user serviceable option. But as it is; it's still replaceable.

So... odd thing about that:

Battery Replacement

What is iPad Battery Replacement Service?

If your iPad requires service due to the battery's diminished ability to hold an electrical charge and it is not covered by Apple's one year limited warranty, an AppleCare service contract, or statutory consumer rights, Apple will replace your iPad for a service fee. Please see these simple pointers to maximize iPad battery lifespan and battery life.

Their "Battery Replacement Service" is to replace the iPad due to battery.


Which means, they are sending you a refurbished iPad with a new battery.
This saves them time and money, other then special handling your iPad that you send in for a new battery.
Either way, it's not just being dropped into a landfill.
 
2012-12-26 05:02:37 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Which means, they are sending you a refurbished iPad with a new battery.
This saves them time and money, other then special handling your iPad that you send in for a new battery.
Either way, it's not just being dropped into a landfill.


True enough, but the device is still non-functioning from the user perspective. Once the battery goes, the official stance is, "you give it to us for a replacement." What they do with it on their side doesn't factor into the user experience. It's obviously more sustainable, but culturally... the people returning them don't care if they get refurb'd or shiatcanned as long as they get a replacement.
 
2012-12-26 05:02:52 PM  
Mrs. Grubermann laughs at subby as she goes back to using her first-gen iPad.
 
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