Don't get me wrong; I love Apple. However, I have to take issue with a weird trend in Hyper-Disposable technology that Apple seems to have started and other companies are now following suit with.
I think it all began with the iMac. When Mac released their first iMac, the general trend in personal computing was to simply update the processing and RAM capabilities ever year or so and a family of computer typically looked the same. However, the iMac added into the mix the concept of personal style. First came the blue and white iMac in April of '98. 7 months later came the Lifesaver-colored iMacs. Then came iMac Rev D only 3 months later which was a processing power up-grade. Then 6 months later came the Blueberry iMac. 8 months later came the Indigo- and Ruby-colored iMacs. Then Graphite and White iMacs. Then this monstrosity. Anyway, you get the point.
The consuming public was constantly being presented with new options every couple of months making lots of people who had already bought an iMac think "Damn it! Why didn't they have that color when I bought one?! That one so matches my drapes/shoes/dog/whatever." Anyway, I guess it was a successful approach for Apple because they then did the same thing with the iPod.
iPod, iPod Mini, iPod Nano, iPod Video, etc. You see where I'm going with this. Anyone who buys an Apple product has to worry throughout the next 6 months to see if Apple will suddenly announce the iPod [insert your own name] edition which would have been so perfect, if they hadn't just bought the green one with less storage space.
Anyway, it's kinda' lame. But, just as Apple became the trend setter that changed all computer peripherals from beige to Lifesaver colors, then changed portable music accessories to all match the iPod, they also seem to have their followers in the hyper-disposable tech sector.
Nintendo is the chief one among them. For years, the Gameboy was the standard of handheld gaming. Then after all of the Apple stuff went down, the market got hit with a quick succession of 5 different Gameboy incarnations in about 2 years. There was the original GBA, then the flip-top GBA, then the retro "it looks like the old NES" GBA, then came the DS, and then the GBA Micro (just like the iPod Nano).
So, what makes me bring all of this up? Nintendo announced today the DS Lite. Besides just needlessly creating another version of their existing products, Nintendo also continues their practice of copying Apple's design sense and have restyled the DS to look a helluva lot like an iPod.
[antiNintendogripe]I'm so done with Nintendo. They continue to make bizarre choices when it comes to console hardware development, have all but admitted that they haven't had any good ideas since the original NES, and seem to jump at the chance to ride the Apple Design bandwagon rather than innovate in smart ways, as opposed to innovating in retahded ways like they seem to so frequently attempt.[/antiNintendogripe]
So, yeah. The moral of the story is: Nintendo is lame and hyper-disposable technology annoys me.