Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Jun 2012 19:50 UTC
Apple Benedict Evans: "How do you segment without fragmenting? Apple achieved this pretty easily with the iPod by varying the storage, but that wouldn't be meaningful for the iPhone. The cheap one has to run the apps, but people still have to have a reason to buy the expensive one. What you can do is vary the Apple supplied features, without varying the hardware and API platform that your third-party developers are targeting." Like I said: iOS 6 Starter, iOS6 Home, iOS 6 Professional, and iOS 6 Ultimate. Microsoft got blasted for confusing and arbitrary segmentation - rightfully so - but as usual, Apple gets a free pass when it does the exact same thing. At least Microsoft uses different names and forces OEMs to be clear about what they're shipping. I've said it before: I find calling all these different versions "iOS 6" without modifiers pretty scummy and misleading.
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by Sandman619 on Tue 26th Jun 2012 21:29 UTC
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Of course, the fact that a couple of features aren't making it onto older models could not possibly be the result older hardware which simply cannot handle the additional load of 3D mapping data or much slower wifi or cellular access

It's reasonable that Siri didn't make it on earlier versions of the iPhone because the CPUs are older generations which are slower & less likely to be able to handle the higher data processing needs for a natural language assistant. Remember, there's more updates coming to Siri, so it's likely that Apple is taking that into consideration. Otherwise, they have to fork development of Siri for the abilities of each CPU. That would be a major mistake. Could also have something to do with the iPhone4S' speedier wireless data over previous generations

The same is true for 3D mapping tech, which older CPUs & graphics chips & slower wireless data would make that feature useless as the older iPhones come to a standstill trying to process all that additional data

Of course it's a complete fallacy that Apple restricts some features to sell newer models:
• Apple still sells the previous 2 gens of iPhones, so they still make them money. With their R&D as well as marketing paid off, the older iPhones are Apple's cash cows
• If that were the case, then the new 3D maps feature wouldn't be supported by the iPhone 4S, because the next gen iPhone will likely be released around the time that iOS 6 goes public. So why offer a new feature to the 4S ?

Where OS upgrades are kept from users to get them to upgrade to newer devices is Android. While an iPhone will receive FREE OS updates for years, Android devices are fortunate to receive 1 upgrade. The most popular Android OS is @ ver 2.x, the most current is 4.x.

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