How long does an iPad last?

I’ve maintained in all of my conversations about iPad sales that consumers treat the iPad more like a computer and less like the commodity device that sees iPhone sales continue to rise. - Jim Dalrymple

Commodity devices is a valid argument in markers where the iPhone is subsidized by the carrier. In the Belgian market full prize and unlocked iPhones are still the way most people buy there device, and aside from the early adopters I see a lot of 4(s) customers upgrading to the 6 than users that come from a 5(s).

I argue that customers expect their devices to last. A television has an expected life time of 5-10 years, a pc 3-5 years and a phone 2-3 years. At least that's what I experienced from selling Macs at a local Premium Reseller.

The iPad is a post-pc device, and most consumers see it as a replacement or alternative for their desktop pc. And I think customers logically expect the same longevity from their iPad.


Backblaze stores over 70 Petabytes of data for our customers. That data currently resides on 561 Backblaze Storage Pods containing 25,245 spinning hard drives. Each month we add another 15-20 Storage Pods with each pod adding another 45 hard drives to our collection. - Backblaze

I recently switched from CrashPlan to Backblaze after hearing a lot of podcasts telling great stuff about it. While enrolling to their service I also subscribed to their newsletter which contained the following interesting article in its latest issue.

Also, six terabyte drives look great. I would only need two of these to store all my data and keep an onsite mirror instead of the array of two and four terabyte drives I have now.

Annotate Screenshots Workflow

One of the things I’m always trying to do is reduce the number of apps I need to use to accomplish certain tasks. In the absence of Yosemite’s Markup feature on iOS, I’m using Skitch, and have for a while. It’s good, but I almost never open it unless I need to draw an arrow in a picture for some reason. And then I send it somewhere, and then I have a screenshot I don’t really want, and a second version with an arrow. Both of which I want out of my Camera Roll. - Seth Clifford

Workflow is such a great app.