Wait a second!!! Are you guys telling me that a company should continue to support software on devices not sold for over 2 years? Why is it reasonable for a user to expect this?
When bought new at launch, and rendered obsolete in 2 years, I absolutely expect that of them.
See, if it had been two years after they stopped selling the iPad 1, I might buy that argument. But it was really only two years after product launch. Which means all of those people who made the product successful at launch more or less got told "oh well, too damned bad, buy another one".
I still have and use some Apple products, but the iPad is now something I will forever treat with disdain and distrust that they won't just abandon the users who bought them. I'm not willing to extend the trust to Apple that even if I bought the latest version right now, they wouldn't do the same thing in two years.
My 10 year old iPod still works just fine. After the update to iOS 5.x on my iPad, not so much -- in fact, it's a markedly worse product than what I got initially.
Except for support for iTunes and Digital Copies of movies, my Nexus 7 pretty much does everything my iPad did, and cost about 1/3 of the iPad. So if I'm going to have to treat technology as more or less disposable, I will do it with cheaper alternatives.