My Apple graveyard

In 2013 (Better late than never), I had an epiphany, a revelation or an eye opening drunk night out.

I realized apple products never slowed down over the years and if you put in enough juice in the beginning, these things would out do any windows (or upcoming android) products at the time.

Plus all the other apple ecosystem benefits that you must already know about. (high five!)

Overall, I ended up with four apple products:

  • Iphone 5
  • Ipad 2 (A1396)
  • MacBook Pro 15 inch (Late 2013)
  • MacBook Pro 13 inch (Late 2013) — lovingly gifted to my wife who quickly decided that she can only do iPhones within the Apple line of products — so it ended up with me as well — some might say I plan my gifts this way (shhh)

It was quite clear that the iPhones were like gold

They came and went and the general idea was to sell them off within 2 years of their coming out and it would overhaul the actual value of your money consistently over the years. That is the way it generally played out as well.

iPads presented a dilemma

These were not phones and psychologically everyone considered them computers — in some form or manner. You were supposed to keep them around much longer and the market for used ones was not very lucrative.

And then there were the computers themselves

They are supposed to last you for a couple years at least.

4 as per inventory management teams in an organization — which is when the computer loses its purchasing value and if its lost they do not charge you or if it is not lost, you can buy it for a fraction of the price — in all cases, the organization generally wants to move on and keep its inventory updated.

So my natural philosophy in part thinking of ‘perishables as assets’ was to buy an enough souped up iPad or MacBook — to last me a lifetime.

And guess what, they did — unfortunately. (we come to that in a bit)

In particular my MacBook Pro 15 inch was the apple of my eye, pride of the lineup — it came with 16 gigs of RAM and a dedicated NVIDIA video card which let me play Starcraft 2 at incredible graphics resolution.

Kudos to Apple engineers, unless i dropped it on the floor or dropped a bucket load of water on it, this baby was going to last me a lifetime.

My iPad 2 still seems to be going strong and my MacBook Pros are snappy and zippy like sonic on a ring run.

10 years down the line, I am now the proud owner of a bunch of iPads (minis and airs), 2 MacBook pros and a brand new M1 iPad pro (bought this summer under the same assumptions).

Here is the hard truth though, these assumptions are correct for up to 7 or 8 years max.

The iPads and the MacBooks are not being updated on their respective OS anymore — minus a security patch here and there. This in turn renders them more and more useless as the years pass by and no more apps/applications remain compatible.

STARK: Then skip the spinning rims. We’re on the clock.

In terms of lessons learned from these experiences, I would draw the following conclusions when buying apple products:

iPads:

Go with the new apple silicons — they are going to last a lot longer than the AX line of chips — Do not buy the biggest screen though — the iPad is a handheld and making it bigger defeats the purpose.

MacBooks:

Add the Ram and the 1080p camera — do not add too much HD or the processor upgrades.

Overall, do not think that putting more money in these devices would make them stay relevant longer — it will not as apple engineers (software and hardware) tend to be put on the latest and the greatest projects of the time and backwards compatibility is not a big concern in the grand scheme of things.

Meanwhile, I will go and post my iPad for a $10 auction.

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