Apple's iPad has changed many people's lifestyles. With the iPad, you can read a book anytime and anywhere, because books can be stored in an electronic format in the device. It has changed people's reading habits.
But to be frank, I am neither a lover of Apple products nor a follower of co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs. I think the company is interested only in making a profit, without considering its customers.
Apple released the iPad 2 just several months after it released the iPad. Didn't it consider the impact on those who bought the original iPad? I can't see any big advances in the iPad 2, or even real differences from the original iPad. All I can see is that it is creating waste by encouraging people to upgrade so soon.
Some teenagers spend their pocket money on iPads, and then resell them for a profit. This is not a healthy trend.
Leo Lau Hon-pan, Hang Seng School of Commerce
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Leo. You touch on a very important issue, the constant demand by the IT industry for consumers to buy new products. The issue is that these IT companies rely on new sales to boost their share prices. It's not enough for the products to be good and be bought because they are good. The firms need to create constant demand for new and improved merchandise.
This leaves the consumer at the mercy of technology companies - especially if they want to be up to date in the business world. It also creates a terrible amount of waste. Electronic waste is a health hazard. Many poor countries accept waste from richer countries, and this makes their people ill.