Apple introduced a new iPad today, no, not the iPad mini — the fourth generation model is the one that seems to have caused the most commotion. It seems iPad 3 owners are feeling a bit burned. And you know what, I think it is absolutely hilarious. Reading the angry tweets from these users has almost made my afternoon. Seriously, I had a rough day and these provided me with some serious comic relief. Thanks.
That said, lets look at the word that is being thrown around — obsolete. Merriam-Webster defines the word obsolete as follows;
- a : no longer in use or no longer useful, an obsolete word
- b : of a kind or style no longer current : old-fashioned, an obsolete technology
I will give you some credit here as the definition sort of fits, but keep reading because I hope to anger later in the post. Let us take a look at A, the iPad 3 is no longer being produced, but that does not mean it is any less useful as compared to yesterday. Moving over to B, sure your model is no longer current (the newest), but again, it still works just as good as it did yesterday.
You know what, this is what I think — if you are upset and now consider your iPad 3 junky and obsolete — you are greedy. This is what can be described as a first-world problem. In other words, there is no problem. You are just mad that you no longer have the latest model.
I am still rocking an original 3G iPad and sure, it was a little disappointing that it did not get upgraded to iOS 6 and sure Apple has long since stopped producing it — but it still works just as good as the day I bought it. In fact, it works better than the day I bought it because it has received software updates since the day I bought it.
So yes, by definition you may have an obsolete model, but that is total crap and you need to get over it.