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Why buying any modern Apple Product is just a terrible idea.

I am glad that some modern devices are including the extra few cents of components to run off the charger without needing the battery to mediate issues, Solves the frequent discharge/recharge cycles that burn through a battery's lifespan.
That helps, but what helps even more, for devices with lithium battries, is being able to configure the device to stay closer to 50% battery charge most of the time. With Linux I can configure my ThinkPads to stop charging at 80% (or wherever I like), and I ask it to charge to 100% only when I know I'm going to need the extra capacity.

It took me a while to understand that my phones' and tablets' batteries were degrading badly within a couple of years mainly because I was keeping them on the charger most of the time, so they spent most of their time at 100%.
You guys have got me thinking...

I use a 2018 iPad Pro pretty much exclusively for watching Netflix. It just got an OS update today but next year it will probably go out of support. I wonder how long Netflix will go before their app requires a new version of iOS and old versions won't work with the service anymore.

In playing around with an iPhone 5 SE every now and again, it still works, and will download the last supported version of apps from the app store, but often those old versions will not work anymore with their respective services.

So it is a combination of fault with both Apple and 3rd party developers.

It'd be a horrible waste if that iPad Pro became junk well before its useful life is over. I agree with that. I don't think Android devices are much better about it though. It's kind of the world we live in I guess. Even Linux has been dropping support for old architectures and devices at breakneck speed. Very wasteful and short-sighted.
If the argument is new stuff is cheap and breaks easily.. Then yes I agree completely. I was just saying laptops in general are not as throw away as phones and tablets are. You can still buy a good laptop, your just not going to get it at bestbuy.
Welp, this time around I went with a Lenovo Legend and bought the extended warranty (48 mos) for $128.. If it goes down, I'm allowed to take to any authorized service center that I choose and that would be my MicroCenter.
Seems to be an increasing trend. I note that my Moto-G phone has no visible dividing line on the case, such that the back could be removed to replace the battery. I guess I now must treat mobile phones as consumables.
They had to schlopp it together somehow.
Linux has been dropping support for old architectures and devices at breakneck speed. Very wasteful and short-sighted.
That is absoluyely true. I was trying to setup a gaming pc with linux with a videocard that was by no means new but still good enough for a bunch of games and it had zero support.id imagine linux is on its way to be behaving like everyone else. Real shame.
There is still some support for older kit in Linux even if not directly supported in the Kernel. But it does take a little more "geekiness" to get some stuff to work and probably will require you to compile your own kernel. But Linux is still more useful than iOS, Android, or Windows 8 on old equipment. And some distros lean toward supporting old computers even if the main Linux kernel and mainstream/popular distros don't. Most stuff can be handled in 64-bit Linux. But the really old stuff, like 32-bit machines, have been left behind in most mainstream Linux distros. But there is still a lot of build-it-yourself stuff available and Debian even still supports a lot of 32-bit binaries.

To Chucks point up the thread, this is not going to be something regular folks will use. But at least the hardware doesn't have to be binned if it gets to the right geek.

Well at least with linux, it has no drm or tied to the hardware like other OS. So usually if it worked in the past with linux, it will still work, at least a starting point to revive a machine. And the source code is essentially all available to you to make improvements. So all you really need to do is track down the last version that works. Much more freedom :)
With Linux---at least with the mainline distros like Debian, there are online archives for practically the whole series.
But yes, progress and bloat moves on and 64 bit architecture seems to be the absolute minimum for modern membership.