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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RE[2]: Versions
by toast88 on Wed 27th Jun 2012 19:09 UTC in reply to "RE: Versions"
toast88
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Call me picky, but for all intents and purposes the iPhone 3GS won't be really running the same OS as the 4S or its yet unannounced successor.


Yes, it does.

An operating system is defined through the APIs it is exposing and through the kernel it is using. All iPhones that are using iOS 6 run the *same* kernel and provide the *same* APIs.

It doesn't make it a different operating system when doesn't support some *user* features on certain platforms. It's the same with Windows 7, no matter what hardware it runs on, it is always the same kernel and APIs, although you won't be able to use certain features if the hardware doesn't support it.

Windows Phone 7.8 - on the other hand - is fundamentally different from Windows Phone 8. It uses a *different* set of APIs and a *different* kernel, hence it would be a blatant lie to have the old, Windows-CE-based WP and the new, NT-based WP using the *same* version number. Heck, they shouldn't even be using the *same* names, it's a completely different operating system.

@Thom:

Why are you linking such a non-sense article? From a website that calls itself *OS*news, I expect a minimum grasp of what the building blocks of an operating system are!

Adrian

Edited 2012-06-27 19:11 UTC

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