I’ve been an Apple fan since the iPhone 3G.1 I appreciated their attention to functional details and widely available accessories. So naturally, I invested some money into their products, all the way to the iPhone 5.
But with the introduction of the 4th generation iPad, this is where I’m drawing the line. I’ve just purchased the 3rd generation iPad in May and now it’s rendered obsolete? That doesn’t sit well with me. If I want my device to get old quick, I would’ve bought an Android device. Apple products are suppose to last longer, at least 12 months between refreshes.
This surprise refresh for iPad lineup is a strange one. It’s not even a huge leap forward. My thought is, Apple is mainly trying to sell their Lightning-based accessories, which will give them huge profits in the short term, since they don’t license to third-party manufacturers. Small incremental change in tech is not typical for Apple – post Steve Jobs era.
Now, there’s not much else I want from Apple. I never wanted to get a Macbook, as I’m happy with the cheaper (and Enterprise approved) Wintel Ultrabook. I don’t want an Apple TV, as I’m perfectly fine with my custom built HTPC. My iPad 3 has retina display and more than capable for consuming media (Flipboard, Netflix, etc.) My iPhone 5 is going to be my last iPhone because, so far, Apple has no interest in making a bigger screen version2.
So thanks, Apple for the wonderful iPhones and iPads. It’s the end of the line for me. I must now disembark the Apple bandwagon.
- Not a true “fanboy” because I don’t go line up for hours to buy their products in front of the Apple Store. [↩]
- Like the Samsung Galaxy S and Notes series. [↩]