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Obsolescence is a state of mind.

July 09, 2012 21 comments 4 shares 20 plus ones
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Obsolescence is a state of mind.

Why Hasn't Apple Stopped Making the iPad 2?

Apple has defined the art of smartphone and tablet computer technology to a point that others can only hope to acquire. The company began its ascent to success with the introduction of its iPod and iP...


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Rafael Ledesma July 10, 2012

Why would any company discontinue a product line that is profitable?  Unless that older product is taking away profit from a new product line, it wouldn't make any sense to discontinue it.  I think there should even be a further price drop, maybe even down to $299 or $249 for the iPad 2.  That would be genius since as the article states, the greater long term profit lies in the app store.  Now, if and when there is an iPad mini, that sells for $199-$299 then I think you'll see the discontinuation of the iPad 2. 

Chris Pirillo July 09, 2012

Heh. Yeah. Damn marketing.

Patrick Healy July 09, 2012

Apple is masterful at harvesting every penny from their consumer base. As long as they can get a little more out of you they will keep making it. The iPad 2 is now targeting the lower tier market that they couldn't hit when it was new.

Chris Pirillo July 09, 2012

Yes, last year's anything may seem "obsolete" next to today's anything. Shock.

However, you might also be saddened to recall that the first iPhone was considered "obsolete," too. Hardware features only tell 25% of the story. iPhones have succeeded despite being seen as "inferior" by those who feel their religion is the only true religion.

This isn't religion, and it's not always related to your own wallet. I'm happy you want your "team" to "win," but it's not leading to incredibly productive conversation.

Richard Lalone July 09, 2012

Money is the most rational reason.

Richard Lalone July 09, 2012

Money

Patrick Healy July 09, 2012

next to the new droid phones the 4S is obsolete.

Peter Bočan July 09, 2012

iPhone 4S is far from unbreakable :D ...

Jerry Mael July 09, 2012

Hell I know that my old Tascam Portastudio 424 is sill getting used at a church I donated it to even though they are using a Yamaha 01V96 digital mixer on the main system.

Nick Shvelidze July 09, 2012

Why doesn't Apple stop being exist?

Jerry Mael July 09, 2012

Indeed! +Chris Pirillo 
As is Windows XP professional!!! 
At some point they will both be dated but still very useful.
20Mhz Intel 286..  and the 8088's; still neat but pretty flat on performance.
However if you have a need for an app that will not run on the latest platforms there is no such thing as outdated HW! 

Chris Pirillo July 09, 2012

The iPhone 4S is far from obsolete.

Jerry Mael July 09, 2012

+Daniel Cox  what would Bridge of Sighs have sounded like without an eight track, analog delay?

ijs :)

Christopher Gaul July 09, 2012

+Chris Pirillo The difference being they aren't releasing new Android devices that are already obsolete. iPhone 4S.

Stephen Yang July 09, 2012

They still make the iPhone 3GS too. They don't want to lose any marketshare due to a lower pricepoint.

Daniel Cox July 09, 2012

Tell that to a dust-covered 8-Track.

Josh Saunders July 09, 2012

You should all watch "the light bulb conspiracy"

Chris Pirillo July 09, 2012

Heh. It's true with most Android devices, too. ;) ahem #StuckOnGingerbread

Peter Bočan July 09, 2012

Why Hasn't Apple Stopped Making the iPad 2? Hey geeks, it's all about business!

Apple mainly earns from hardware...

David Sanger July 09, 2012

not completely +Chris Pirillo . My iPad 1 is nearly obsolete. It is so slow with Apple's new Cloud software that it doesn't really function at all well. And will only get slower and slower as more is demanded of it.

Christopher Gaul July 09, 2012

Obsolescence is a state of mind
That's certainly true at Apple