I’m talking here about machines for the general public and not powerful, sophisticated ones for the worlds of finance, defense, public administration, bitcoins, etc. My iPad is, what, 5-6 years old. It works just fine. Why should I buy a new one? I also fail to see any significant improvements in successive generations of smartphones. Other than adding an extra hard disk, my PCs several years old cope just fine with all my needs. When was the last version of Windows or MS Office that really made a difference? Silicon Valley talks big, but where are all the earth-shaking innovations the media love to say are just around the corner? Of course, advances in software are another kettle of fish, but I am struck by the fact that part of the IT industry seems to be losing steam. Mind you, people like me are saving a lot of money by not needing to constantly upgrade. Best regards, Alex R.