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I think Apple will give me about $25 for the iPad 4. My iPad 2 has been relegated to being a nightstand clock. My 2011 Macbook Air and 2011 Macbook Pro are stuck on High Sierra. My 2 new machines are stuck on Mojave because I have about 80 32-bit components that are important to me but will never be updated. A new version of Acrobat Pro is either $400 or $20 bucks a month for life. I really like Macs but there is very little that I do with them that can’t be done in Windows and a lot of it can be done in Linux, albeit slightly more awkwardly. Apple’s decision to cut-off 32-bit is, in my opinion completely arbitrary and driven by $$$$ greed. The processor boards are so small these days that they could easily build their devices to accommodate a swap-out of the processor while retaining the screen, keyboard, battery and housing.
Os, as you can tell, I have a brewing love-hate relationship with Apple but at some point a Microsoft surface may win out. It, after all, still s actually a real computer, not an appliance. How would you react to being coerced into buying all new kitchen appliances every three years because the only food you could buy was incompatible with your old ones.
To put this in perspective, I developed a windows app 25 years ago (medical) that, at its peak had about 6000 users. It never crashed, several people are still using it and it runs fine on windows 10. I believe that i have some 16-bit dos apps on 5-1/4” floppies that still run on Win 10. So Apple (and you to a certain extent) forcing older hardware into obsolescence is, in my opinion intentional more that circumstantial.
I might be wrong about that, but people have been using virtual machines and emulators (think IBM mainframes) to keep old but useful software running on new hardware. Someone has even built a PDP-11 emulator for the Raspberry PI, including fabricating a replica of the 11-45 front panel with its toggle switches.
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