...well it doesn't. For all the iPhone 3GS and iPad 1 (and iPhone 4, iPad 2 for iOS6 "lite") owners, me included. Does your device have more functions than when you bought it? Yes, you have received updates and Apps have been added. Can you say this for your dishwasher, TV or almost any other product (even most Android)? Did Apple imply/offer you entitlement to lifelong (or any for that matter) updates when you bought it? No, any update (other than security) is a "gift" and not a "right". Apple no longer "supports" my device? Not true. If a security issue came up Apple would offer an update. I bet there may even be a 5.2 with Maps. It still syncs with iTunes and new Apps will be made today, tomorrow and a year from now (which is increased functionality). Also you can have it serviced at an Apple store (supported). Apple is doing this just to sell more devices? Yes, Apple is a business and not a social welfare department. If you walk on a car lot does the sales person say "Hope you are enjoying your 3 year old car and plan on keeping it a a few more years. Let me update the engine control firmware for free so you DON'T have to buy a new car"?