Cape Town - Some iPad users are complaining that the device does not age well and the hardware cannot keep up with the demands of the software.
According to report on UK website PCPro, Barry Collins reports that his iPad 2 is beginning to show its age.
"The operating system is continually juddering, apps regularly stutter and crash, and the Home button often fails (although I’ve found an odd, short-term workaround for the failing Home button)," wrote Collins.
The Apple device was instrumental in making the tablet form factor popular with consumers when it was launched in April 2010.
Collins said that his iPad's problems persist even though it's fully updated and there is more than 2GB of storage.
UK Twitter users also complained about the longevity of the iPad.
"My £700 iPad 1 is virtually unusable now," wrote @KeithRadcliffe. "I won't buy another iPad, which is exactly what [Apple's] Genius told me to do!"
"Was disgusted that my £700 investment in original iPad was toast after 18 months," wrote another correspondent, @MarkTechArc72. "Re-sale £200. Pathetic."
The problem may not be limited to Apple devices, but may rather be related to the software updates that push the hardware of new devices beyond their useful functionality.
The iPad, though, mirror similar complaints by iPod users who have long complained that despite the premium price for Apple devices, their useful lives appear to be cut short as the software demands overtake hardware capability.
Persistent crashing of an Apple mobile device can sometimes be resolved by a hard reset of the device, but it is not generally possible to roll back software updates.
In an age of consumerism, companies are responding to demands for convenience and lower price, which is often not compatible with devices that are easy to repair.
US bloggers complained in 2012 that the latest MacBook from Apple was the least repairable so far.
"The Retina MacBook is the least repairable laptop we've ever taken apart: Unlike the previous model, the display is fused to the glass, which means replacing the LCD requires buying an expensive display assembly," wrote Kyle Wiens co-founder of iFixit, an online repair community known for their repair manuals and product teardowns.
As companies race to offer lighter products at lower cost, it is likely that robust hardware and the ability to upgrade will be sacrificed.
Collins said that his problems illustrate that the iPad is more like a smartphone than a true mobile computer.
"iPads, it seems, are closer to smartphones in longevity than they are PCs. Hardware refresh cycles just started spinning a little faster."