What I Learned Watching My iPad’s Slow Death


John Herrman:

If my old iPad could talk, it might ask me what has changed. If it could feel indignant, it might suggest that it isn’t the problem, and that everyone and everything else is. While it would be wrong according to the logic of its creation, it wouldn’t be incorrect. It is a piece of consumer technology, so you would expect that everything around it — its own software, Apple’s new products, the internet on which it depends — would have improved in the last five years, and that it would suffer in comparison. What seems unfair is that my old iPad, because it does nothing but provide access to these ever-evolving services, necessarily has to get worse and that it may, before long, have nowhere to go. Above all, my old iPad has revealed itself as a cursed object of a modern sort. It wears out without wearing. It breaks down without breaking. And it will be left for dead before it dies.

Those who follow me on Twitter will know that I fully agree with this take. My iPad mini is almost completely unusable at this point. And it's seemingly all because of the iOS updates that it's not quite fast enough to handle. Look, if Apple wants to discontinue a product line, fine. But at least allow me to continue to use the device I love in peace! I'll sign a waiver or something that I don't need/want any iOS/app updates. Just let the thing actually die from usage, not because it's unusable. 


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