I know it sounds silly to get upset that a newer better product gets released rather than held back but when you tend to ride the bleeding edge of technology by trading-in/selling every generation then you suffer some very drastic losses if you hold on to it that long. Im not mad at the iPad 4 because I sold our iPad3 early and got nearly full price to buy two iPad Mini's but I can see how others can be mad because their $600 iPad3 ended up being valued at half the cost because they were caught by surprise by a new version.
This frustration is annoying to people who aren't affected, but if anything then its a big lesson for Apple fans and next update there will be much less complaining.
You're right, that those who are always buying the "latest and greatest" will pay the most, but isn't that their choice? I'm not really "annoyed" so much as confused by why someone would make such a choice (that is, take a loss on sale of their iPad 3 to gain an incremental upgrade in the iPad 4). If I had been in the early-iPad-3-adopter's shoes, I certainly wouldn't have expressed my displeasure with Apple by giving them more of my money. The hardware holds its value fairly well, so I'd have held onto it until the iPad 5 came out, and sold the iPad 3 then (for not much of a loss). The beauty of the free market is that by doing this, Apple will drive away some of those "early adopters", who will change their habits and wait a generation or two before upgrading (or drive them to a competitor's product). Eventually, they'll see that in their bottom line and adjust as necessary.
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