Concerning the reflexive purchase of the new iPad in the Apple community, Brett Kelly offers a voice of measured reason:
Among the nerdier set of people who enthusiastically purchase new gadgets with much greater frequency than regular people, it’s easy to fall into the habit of buying the new one each year. Hell, that’s what we do, right? We write about Apple on the Internet! Of course we’re buying the new [phone/tablet/whatever]!
It’s the reflexiveness that I don’t like.
The instinctive willingness to frequently part with significant sums of money for iterative products is disconcerting. I'm admittedly guilty of such behavior and, as I've written, I often find myself reflecting on it.
That said, my new iPad and Apple TV arrive this Friday and I'm rather excited.