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littleman

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$17,000 Apple Watch supported for less than 3 years
« on: July 03, 2018, 11:57:32 PM »
https://9to5mac.com/2018/06/04/watchos-5-wont-support-first-gen-apple-watches-including-17000-editions/

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Itís not surprising, but Apple has indeed cut off support for the first generation Apple Watch (often called Series 0). Spotted by Kyle Gray, watchOS 5 will require a Series 1, 2, or 3 device.

As the first gen. Apple Watch was released in April of 2015, users will have had just under three and a half years running current software. This includes anyone who shelled out $10,000-$17,000 for an Apple Watch Edition.

Mac products are pretty antithetical to the way I roll, I'm posting this from a 10 year old hand-me-down Dell running Debian, but damn, a semi-useful gadget that costs more than $5.6k/year borders on offensive.

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Re: $17,000 Apple Watch supported for less than 3 years
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2018, 12:13:28 AM »
Ouch!

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Re: $17,000 Apple Watch supported for less than 3 years
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2018, 04:32:55 PM »
a semi-useful gadget that costs more than $5.6k/year borders on offensive.

All I can say is, if you have time, read
Thorsten Veblen, A Theory of the Leisure Class (1899)
Elizabeth Currid-Hacklett, The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class (2017).

All will be explained. Anyone buying that watch is not looking for utility or value. It is conspicuous consumption and meant to be your entry ticket for membership to a certain class/tribe. The fact that you *know* it will be outdated soon, that it has a huge barrier to entry made bigger by it's impending obsolescence which keeps out riffraff like you and me *is* the reason they bought it.

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Re: $17,000 Apple Watch supported for less than 3 years
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2018, 05:16:49 PM »
I'm having trouble working up any sympathy.  My first CP/M computer cost a fortune in 1980's dollars and it was soon obsolete.  The old rule on computers (now also obsolete) used to be, "The computer you really want always costs over $5000."

That's technology.  That's the cost of being an early adopter.  Caveat emptor.

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Re: $17,000 Apple Watch supported for less than 3 years
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2018, 12:11:57 AM »
Anyone buying that watch is not looking for utility or value. It is conspicuous consumption and meant to be your entry ticket for membership to a certain class/tribe. The fact that you *know* it will be outdated soon, that it has a huge barrier to entry made bigger by it's impending obsolescence which keeps out riffraff like you and me *is* the reason they bought it.

I haven't  read the  book (though I think I would like to), yet I know that what you are describing is a large part of what motivates people to buy expensive/luxury items.  Oddly enough it is often folks who are buying beyond their reach.  I've often thought this level of consumerism is a substitute for religion.

Brad, I agree with you.  In the mid-1990s I knew a man who built computers who told me that the a value/utility sweet spot for a consumer is a release or two behind cutting edge.  That is probably still true.
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Re: $17,000 Apple Watch supported for less than 3 years
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2018, 06:09:05 PM »
I haven't  read the  book (though I think I would like to)

You probably don't need to. You live in the Bay Area. You witness the Aspirational Class in action every minute of every day. You'll just read it and say "uh huh... uh huh... uh huh..."