Other than certain new "features" that do benefit or even require a hardware boost, what exactly is it about the OS itself that makes it incompatible with iPad 1? For the most part, I accept the business model of incremental upgrade, both in hardware and software, as just they way of life, that a new device or application won't stay new for long. But it's just getting worse, and it seems that the first if a device in its third generation should still enjoy full support, even if it can't run certain apps or features. And even if we take Apple at their word, that they would rather ensure a quality experience on an outdated device. But this makes the iPad 1 more than outdated, it is now obsolete. If for no other reason than now it will require a lot more maintenance keeping my apps up to date, if indeed the developers will even continue to support iOS 5. That's sort of ironic because now the experience involving the ecosystem becomes more problematic and less fluid. I used to be able to afford being an early adopter and always kept with the latest and greatest. But now I can't, yet in most cases I still feel I am getting the value out of certain investments, But not with this.