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Almost all of their potential customer base weren't even aware beforehand that there was an Apple product announcement due today. Of those that were, only a tiny fraction would have wanted to watch it live. No-one's hearing this 'message' you've invented. I believe they are planning to market this product via means other than just the keynote.
It sucks, but not for the reasons you give.
Older people have more money to spend on expensive smartphones.
But they have a lot less time in which to buy countless revisions of said smartphones. That younger market will grow up and have money of its own, and you must have noticed how Apple customers tend to be quite fanatical^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H loyal...
RSS piped through Google Reader onto the 'Reeder' app is a very nice reading experience. It's a PITA that I now have to View Source, CTRL+F, "rss" on sites that don't explicitly advertise their own feed, but that's the browser manufacturers' fault for removing the native RSS functionality - why they all chose to do that, I'm still trying to fathom.