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Morgan Aldridge morgant at makkintosshu.com
Sat Feb 4 07:33:48 EST 2017

On Sat, Feb 4, 2017 at 05:31 Ronnie Simon <ronnie_simon at me.com> wrote:

> The ipad unfortunately is useless as a device after 2 years because apple
> and many apps refuse to support it, unlike linux and windows machines. A
> 800 dollar throwaway device every 2 years is expensive !
I personally disagree with that statement as I know how many iPad 2s are
still in the world doing good work and running the latest version of iOS
(and I'm personally still using an iPad mini [2] with Retina display as my
my primary computer). Apple has been doing much better in the last number
of years at supporting hardware beyond the 3yr mark (Mac OS X used to be
notorious for that cutoff), but it did take them getting to a certain
baseline on their Mac and iOS hardware for them to do so and that left out
earlier generations of iPads & iPhones.

That said, I agree completely that the App Store makes it very difficult to
keep an older device going, as does the inability to get older version so
of iOS (to the point of not even being able to install older, legally
downloaded copies as soon as a new version has been released because they
immediately pull the old signing certificates). The Newton platform was
proprietary, but very open for extending, but iOS is proprietary and
extremely paranoid about modification. As an IT guy in the trenches, I
can't say that wasn't a necessary choice to make a safe, secure, and
reliable device (and certainly more affordable than the Newtons were).


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