Thursday, February 8, 2018

The iPad has Parkinson's

I love my iPad Mini, but it has slowed down through the years—noticeably, after a few updates. Its Parkinsonian listlessness becomes more pronounced when I have a number of tabs open in Safari. I thought it was the hardware, but it's only been three years since my mother handed it to me. This happens all the time, apparently.

John Han ponders the slow death of his iPad.

My old iPad just turned five, and it’s starting to die. If it could wonder about such things, it might question this prognosis. Its memory, after all, still retrieves information as quickly as it ever did. Its face hasn’t aged a day, projecting as vividly as it did in 2012, when Apple called it “stunning” and “gorgeous.” It hasn’t suffered vision loss; the camera still works. The touch-screen works. Buttons work. Speaker, headphone jack, charging port: All still do what I ask of them. On examination, almost nothing about the device seems to have changed. And yet it’s starting to give up, and so am I.

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