I was an iPad early adopter. It won't upgrade beyond iOS 5.x. I'm not upset about that. I understand that newer versions of an OS have more advanced hardware requirements.
My problem is the issues it causes with the walled garden of apps:
All apps are now going to require iOS7 to be installed. If I have iOS5.x I can't upgrade. This isn't the problem.
The problem is, if my iPad needs to get wiped for whatever reason, I cannot reinstall older versions of the apps from the Apple Store, since they will not allow download of old versions of apps, even if the newer version is not compatible with my hardware.