I got my hands on one of those old ipads and I can't do squat with it - you can't install anything unless its from the appstore, and while that's not a problem, what really gets to me is that none of the apps in the store seem to be supported for the old machines. It keeps telling me to upgrade to ios v 8.0 or higher, but when I tried doing so, I was told that I can't do it on the said model because it lacks the memory or whatnot.

Can any of you's suggest anything other than getting a more current machine?

Well, at least I didn't buy this one >.>

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That's a problem I've run into with most platforms, not just iOS. 

If you have at least an iPad 2, you should be able to upgrade to the newest, you just might have to free up some extra storage space (I think it needs an additional 2GB free for the software swap. 

If you have the original iPad, I think you are probably SOL. They had a physical memory limit, as well as a hard stop OS software lock. 

I gave up on my Android because Samsung was determined not to let me upgrade the OS... and recent apps won't work back to that level.  I haven't the time to learn to jailbreak.

I've run into this a few times too with older technology, and it's frustrating but inevitable.  Part of it has to do with people writing apps.  They want to take advantage of newer affordances and that eventually means apps are no longer backward compatible. You're probably going to be limited to whatever is already installed, and using it as a skeet shooting target someday.

I just finally got rid of my Windows Phone and went to Android, that was the only solution.

Technology moves too fast, that is why most products become quickly commoditized.  I will not buy the latest and greatest anything.  I buy a one year old or 2 year old new in package phone. In 2 years when it cant perform with the latest updates, I will upgrade.  I pay less than half of the cost for newest phone out, and I don't feel as horrible if I break it.  

It is an ecological waste that so many of these products have some use to them but they are just not worth keeping.  I try and do my part to keep them out of the landfill.  I use my original Samsung galaxy phone as a white noise machine for my daughter. Try to do anything else on the machine other than play songs and you will crash it. 

Alas, functional obsolescence is a meticuously engineered feature, like Wi-Fi access. Apple pioneered functional obsolescence, Microsoft followed. Try as you might, you won't be able to retrofit this dog cart with fuel injection. 

That's basically why I don't like all these smartphones and stuff. I mean, whatever happened to simple mp3 players and cell-phones? Sure, it's very comfortable (is that the word?) to have instant internet access for when you need to find some trivia, or just listen to some music all without having to turn your computer on, but still, this 'functionally obsolete' policy is a total rip-off.

Generally speaking, the ipad can still be used for finding information, and maybe a few other things, but there are some features it doesn't have that I was hoping to add through apps. I managed to find a site on the internet where you can find old apps, but half of them aren't supported on the appstore anymore, and the other half are rubbish or broken.

I'm just surprised the consumers (especially the American consumers) didn't drill a hole in Jobs' brain considering how they're casually being ripped off.

It would be one thing if Apple was the outsider in the market doing this. But it's become the de-facto standard. So you are back to 'what ecosystem do you wish to be screwed in.'

That's what I'm saying - it became the standard. Why did people even let it? Because it was -

NEW! SHINY! ROMANTIC! and horribly, hipsterly IN whenever ol' Steve went on stage wearing black.

- as Native Son here wrote? Maybe, but it didn't have to be that way. I think the whole thing became a standard because Jobs (or whoever) did it in a very cunning way - they made a revolutionary product, everybody jumped at it, then, instantly, v.2 came, and the buyers were none the wiser, and then v.3, and they didn't care about the old products not being supported because they never knew they became obsolete until it was too late.

Because it was NEW! SHINY! ROMANTIC! and horribly, hipsterly IN whenever ol' Steve went on stage wearing black.

And the only real reason the Apple/Microsoft schism even exists is because Steve and Bill took a dislike to each other way, way back.

Me too. A little.

ahaha, good one!

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