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: Comment by Sandman619
by darknexus on Wed 27th Jun 2012 18:54 UTC in reply to "Comment by Sandman619"
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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.

Bullshit. Siri is entirely server-side. The only thing the phone does is send the voice data to Apple's servers, then execute the resulting commands sent back to the device. The device itself does absolutely zero natural language processing. While I agree with some of your arguments, you might want to put in a bit of research before making these claims. That's not to say I object. It's Apple's product, and they have every right to do what they see fit within legal bounds. If you don't like it, there are other products one can buy. Is it a marketing move, to limit Siri to new devices? Damn straight it is.

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