You guys make it sound like apple has a secret plan to force people to upgrade. The only reason the iPad 1st gen never got iOS6 is it only has 256 megs of ram. That's it, no conspiracy theory or evil intentions. The iphone 4 has the same cpu and guess what? it has 512megs of ram and got ios6. Runs like shit, but it runs.
There's a reason most developers are requiring ios6, more memory makes it much easier to create the kickass games we take for granted.
Let's try to stay on topic, if you hate apple, go buy an android POS and enjoy the leftover IOS backports.