Today, the Apple iPad 2 will be released in Apple Stores across the country. Bring your credit card, they don’t take cash from poor people! For Apple enthusiasts, this is like Christmas Day. For people of more modest means, such as myself, this is also an exciting day. But for different reasons.
For loaded techies, always on the hunt for the latest and greatest:
- I get a new iPad 2 that’s thinner and lighter and has more nifty crap on it!
- I get to use my new iPad 2 on the commuter train and in important business meetings!
- I get to recommend the iPad 2 to everyone who doesn’t already have one- even if they have a good reason not too!
For the average folk, fond of technology but poor in the pocket:
- I get to buy a refurbished iPad 1 for more than 20% off OR I get to buy somebody’s used iPad 1 off Craigslist for $200!
- I get to watch movies on the Chinatown bus and be a week late for rent!
- I get to pretend I bought my iPad 1 when it was first released! Nobody needs to know the truth!
I like to be informed of new developments in technology, but as I cannot afford the price of such developments I’ve created a strategy. Or, rather, a loosely formed theory:
- I’m convinced that a product from Apple isn’t really good, or reliable, until the next model is released.
- I’m also sure that by the time the next model is released, the old versions have been fixed via the refurbishing process.
- So… the refurbished 1st gen. products are actually better than the original 1st gen. products. And in some ways, the refurbished 1st gen. products are better than original 2nd gen. products. Because the 2nd generation is going to have some unforeseen issues that need some tinkering. Everybody knows THAT.
All Apple fans, rich or middle class and bad with their money, can celebrate this day together- but in different places!