Innovation and new technology can be cool, but the dark side of innovation is obsolescence. I recently found that my 5+ year old iPad is considered by Apple to be ‘vintage’. And at the seven year mark, Apple products are officially considered obsolete. Apple’s product design expects that people use their products for a few years before upgrading to an updated and improved product.
It used to be that the creators of products could boast that their products would last a lifetime or could be handed down to be enjoyed by multiple generations. Classically styled clothing and furniture made of real solid wood. Now instead of of multi-generational watches, as Frederic Paul at Network World pointed out, we have the $17,000 gold Apple Watch, introduced in 2015 but which is no longer able to run the most recent version of the operating system.