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 ilovebeer on Wed 27th Jun 2012 15:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Versions"
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" Ca we now stop whining about there not being version numbers?

The point is that there is a version number, but it's hidden in the fine print at

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. Maybe you don't have a problem with it and that's fine, but talking about fragmentation versus segmentation seems like hair splitting to me.
Won't be running the same OS? So you think, then, that a 3GS will be running a different OS. Do you also think Windows 7 Ultimate is a different OS from Windows 7 Home? ........No, it is not a different OS, and neither is what a 3GS will be running.

Why is it people always go with extremes here over the rational and common sense?

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RE[3]: Versions
by karunko on Wed 27th Jun 2012 15:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Versions"
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Won't be running the same OS? So you think, then, that a 3GS will be running a different OS.

Does the owner of a 3GS get the same features? No.

Can a developer count on the same features being available across the devices supported by iOS 6? No.

That's the "for all intents and purposes" part that, apparently, went completely over your head.


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RE[4]: Versions
by henderson101 on Fri 29th Jun 2012 16:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Versions"
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That's not your argument though. Your argument is that they won't be running the same OS, they will... Features of the user land are not the OS.

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