Every Palm announcement leaves orphan applications and makes many accessories obsolete. Every Palm generation has had new proprietary interfaces; only Palm can tout USB standard interfaces on the Pre as a "feature."
Originally Posted by ADGrant
As a long term Palm user, this has been vexing. One always wonders whether they even thought about the cost to the user of this strategy.
That said, it is not clear that Palm is any worse at that than Apple or even Microsoft. I had to get a new car charger for my iPhone, iPod carger would not work, and another one for the iPHone 3G. Same for docking stations.
Apple software compatibility has been much better than Palm. iTunes software upgrades are all but transparent and iTunes works across a half dozen products. The new software for the iPhone 3G works on iPhone 2G. That cannot be an accident, has a cost to Apple, but saves the user money.