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[5]: Comment by Sandman619
by WorknMan on Wed 27th Jun 2012 20:45 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Sandman619"
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Only from the point of view of the end user. Yes, everybody will be able to get iOS 6 on the same day (which is commendable) but not everybody will be able to take full advantage of it and the developer will have to decide what features to support and whether to send away some of his potential customers.

And what features are missing for developers to take advantage of? I know things like Siri are missing in older devices, but (AFAIK) Siri doesn't yet have any exposed APIs for developers to use anyway (which is a real shame). I don't know if the maps app does or not. But I'm curious to know what features devs are missing out on, and how the situation would be any different if Apple had said 'Well, iOS6 won't be supported at all on these older devices.' I mean, the original iPad only has 256mb of RAM, so there's only so much they can cram in there, but at least SOMETHING is better than nothing.

other words, by talking about obsolescence (planned or otherwise) instead of fragmentation you (not you in particular, of course) are just shifting the emphasis around and ultimately ignoring the truth: Apple is a hardware company that wants to sell as many gadgets as possible

The issue at hand is that you have Fandroids looking at this situation and saying, 'See? It's fragmentation... the same thing that's happening on Android!' Ummm, no it isn't.

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