I posted the piece below in another thread and said I might start a thread with this title. After getting 7 likes (my personal record!) and numerous responses, I decided this could be a thread worth starting, so here goes: Seriously, there has been no meaningful innovation in any area that effects performance, features, price/value for so many years that, for most use cases, I'm hard pressed to say why anyone would find compelling reason to make major changes to their tech arsenal since 2017 or 2016. Even such things as Intel's quad core U series chipsets or Apple's A12, while providing nice benchmark bumps, undoubtedly few make/break must-have performance gains for use cases at a given price pt. Truly, what are we left with other than incremental improvements to existing products? And the solution of the leaders: sell fewer products at increasingly outrageous prices (deciding to lie to Wall Street about it) and try to bend the price elasticity of demand curve; that's what I call ingenious engineering (financial!) at its best! I'm not saying there haven't been a few notable advancements, but when the best and brightest of the tech industry are mostly focused on spying on their customers for more data to sell and minds to corrupt, cooperating with autocratic governments to stay in their markets and selling the same old stuff with features removed (ports, headphone jacks, decent keyboards) at increasingly absurd prices, the best I can say about the whole industry is: good thing products last pretty long so you can just keep what you have and put your money to better use elsewhere. If you really crave something new and different I highly recommend Swappa and ebay, where you can buy the model you didn't choose in 2017 or 2018 for 40% of the cost! In case it wasn't clear, I'm talking about you, Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Samsung, HP, Google, Amazon. One the other hand, nVidia, One Plus: gold stars! Your comments, disagreements, links to good writing on the subject, etc, welcomed.