Lot of "woo woo" on that thread.
It is the companies fault if someone wants to buy the latest product or they come out with a newer product?
No one has to buy the latest iPad, mp3 player, or phone.
People do that to themselves.
Upgrade when you need or want to use the latest capabilities of products.
Don't be sheep and just buy the latest.
They form a closed system, meaning it’s hard to switch the hard drive or graphics card, or tweak the performance in any way, because the manufacturer is the only one that supplies the parts.
Back in the olden days there used to be notebook computers with upgradable video, etc. What happened? No one wanted to do the work or pay to have it done or pay more to have this upgradability. They wanted the cost saving of a highly integrated unit on the front end.
Finally, software and hardware updates come along incredibly frequently.
So people are just supposed to make do with the older stuff? Or are the engineers and programmer supposed to know what issues will arise and wait to release until all of the unknown issues are resolved?
The manufacturer’s ‘addicted’ fans are encouraged by incessant publicity to upgrade to the latest expensive mobile phone, laptop or MP3 player—despite the fact that Apple’s products are part of the same low-cost supply chain with poorly-paid workers and cheap raw materials as everybody else’s. The firm’s main sub-contractor, Foxconn, uses parts of its factories to work on products for Apple’s rivals, including HP, Sony, Intel and Dell.
This person doesn't know what they are talking about.
Do they think there is a basket of drives, video cards, displays, etc. at Foxconn and the person on the line just takes one and one time it is for Apple, one time for Sony and the next for Dell?
These are highly evolved and integrated products and the subassemblies come from different suppliers. Each have separate lines, and sometimes buildings to keep the teams apart.
Foxconn just does the grunt work. That would be like saying that they are all alike because NewEgg, Fry's and Best Buy sell the products from different companies.