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: The reason Apple gets a pass
by mistersoft on Wed 27th Jun 2012 11:00 UTC in reply to "The reason Apple gets a pass"
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..but isn't the point that various of the iphone/ipod touch/ipad family will "be able" to be upgraded to IOS6 .......but in name only, it won't actually have the same set or subset or (software) features enabled!

that's surely what's misleading ; you're right that people will naturally simply assume that older device have less (hardware) features available or have slower CPUs etc but when they see they are 'allowed' to upgrade to the latest (i)OS they will expect to received all of that software's new features too -at least those features that aren't hardware specific. The fact they won't quite get such a straight foward honest implementation (without the OS titular modifiers Thom mentioned) is the dupe.

I do appreciate from Apple's point of view that perhaps some new feature may not deliver the requisite desired service level on older devices with less processing power and therefore may have been omitted partly for that reason, i.e. to deliver the feature well or not at all, rather than perhaps solely as differentiating artifice -- just to be devil's advocate.

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