What I Learned from Watching My iPad’s Slow Death - The New York Times


35 bookmarks. First posted by drewcaldwell 13 days ago.


"Fifteen years ago, before I would replace a desktop computer or a laptop, it would have quite conspicuously broken down, its fans getting louder, its spinning hard drive grinding to a halt. When I would replace it with something newer or faster or more capable, it would enter a promising second life: it could be repurposed as a spare, a computer for a friend, a terminal for playing old games or for doing undistracted work. It could be given to someone who could make use of it.

As I did when I first got it, I still use my old iPad for passive consumption: reading, watching videos, checking feeds. My routine has barely changed, but one by one, formerly easy tasks have become strained. Social apps have become slow, videos take longer to load and Safari can’t seem to handle the most important and fundamental services of the modern web.

As my iPad has aged, I’ve started to notice it more, not because I’m growing fonder, but because I’m getting frustrated: by the fact that it won’t do what it ought to or even what it used to. But what I find most frustrating of all is the gradual disappearance of all options other than buying a new iPad. I understand the reasons for this. I understand the concept of “planned obsolescence” less as a conspiracy than as the unfortunate but universal prerogative of dominant, profit-driven companies that make their money from selling hardware."
2018  johnherrmanipad  plannedobsolescence  technology  patina  obsolescence 
7 days ago by robertogreco
"What I Learned from Watching My iPad’s Slow Death"
from twitter
8 days ago by peterjblack
It isn’t worn in; in fact, it has acquired no physical character at all. In many ways, it’s the exact opposite of a baseball mitt in its resistance to sentiment and nostalgia. It exists in memory, barely, as a sort of rectangular green screen, disappearing completely until I remember that it had to have been there. It has been present for the entirety of my relationship with my wife but holds no special significance to us. It has been handled by every member of my immediate family, not all of whom are still alive, but I couldn’t tell you what any of them did with it. The device seems to repel whatever personal experiences it is exposed to; it has a coating on its screen that resists fingerprints.

It was a tool for consumption, sure, but it was also a consumable. Early criticism of the device, which was minor and muffled by enormous sales, focused on the few things that made it noticeable, like its weight or the size of the black border around its screen. (The iPad Mini was an answer to both complaints.) It was, in contrast to the iPhone from which it descended, understood by its users as simply good enough — not life-changing, but handy. It was to be used until its users started noticing it, at which point it was to be replaced. It was, like the iPhone, immune to attachment. But unlike the iPhones, which might be reclaimed by a cellular carrier as part of a scheduled trade-in or just shoved aside by a two-year upgrade, iPads tend to linger. They have time to reveal their tragic thingness.
technology  obsolescence  time 
8 days ago by madamim
My old iPad just turned five, and it’s starting to die. If it could wonder about such things, it might question this prognosis. Its memory, after all, still retrieves information as quickly as it ever did. via Pocket
Pocket 
12 days ago by driptray
Illustration by Jon Han My old iPad just turned five, and it’s starting to die. If it could wonder about such things, it might question this prognosis. Its…
from instapaper
12 days ago by hybridsolidr
What I Learned from Watching My iPad’s Slow Death

http://ift.tt/2BEX7jD
Instapaper 
12 days ago by poploser
Illustration by Jon Han My old iPad just turned five, and it’s starting to die. If it could wonder about such things, it might question this prognosis. Its…
from instapaper
12 days ago by kohlmannj
Transcendent tech writing is hard to find. This piece is really something
from twitter_favs
12 days ago by lurrel
Illustration by Jon Han My old iPad just turned five, and it’s starting to die. If it could wonder about such things, it might question this prognosis. Its…
from instapaper
13 days ago by yudha87
Illustration by Jon Han My old iPad just turned five, and it’s starting to die. If it could wonder about such things, it might question this prognosis. Its…
from instapaper
13 days ago by davegullett
My old iPad just turned five, and it’s starting to die. If it could wonder about such things, it might question this prognosis. Its memory, after all, still retrieves information as quickly as it ever did. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket 
13 days ago by domingogallardo
Nothing reveals the curious disposability of consumer technology more than this feeble, aging device.
apple 
13 days ago by jacobraleigh
What I learned from watching my iPad's slow death https://t.co/yMPkiBGf35 (https://t.co/a90SsxCI2Z)
from instapaper
13 days ago by joeybaker
Illustration by Jon Han My old iPad just turned five, and it’s starting to die. If it could wonder about such things, it might question this prognosis. Its…
from instapaper
13 days ago by thecosas
My old iPad just turned five, and it’s starting to die. If it could wonder about such things, it might question this prognosis. Its memory, after all, still retrieves information as quickly as it ever did. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket 
13 days ago by trisignia
wtf even is this
from twitter
13 days ago by incanus
RT : it's apple day! here's a review of the way in which my 2012 ipad is dying
from twitter
13 days ago by perich
My old iPad just turned five, and it’s starting to die. If it could wonder about such things, it might question this prognosis. Its memory, after all, still retrieves information as quickly as it ever did. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  instapaper 
13 days ago by drewcaldwell