HT4972 why can't i update the software on my ipad model MB292LL?

Why can't I update the software for my IPad model MB292LL? The ios is 5.1.1 and I have seen newer ios versions come out. Also, many apps aren't available for my Ipad because of the ios. Is this Apple's way of forcing you to buy a new IPad? If so, that *****!

The 1st generation iPad can not be upgraded beyond 5.1.1

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