I'm getting really annoyed at all the bugs in Apple's products lately. It's definitely getting worse. I think they need to put new features on hold for a bit and concentrate on getting existing products working properly.
I still find Google Maps to be superior to Apple's overall. For example, I find that if you don't know the exact name of a business, Google will figure it out while Apple will either not find anything or find some completely wrong Yelp-listed restaurant instead.
Just this past weekend, I was looking for our local Lafayette Hotel, but I wasn't sure of the name and put it in as "Hotel Lafayette". Apple Maps took me to some hotel in Lafayette, Indiana, while Google...
I'm not sure how that's relevant, but I have a 4S 64 GB, bought in the U.S. for $850 plus tax. It would have been more expensive in China. China Unicom will subsidize part of the cost of an iPhone, but only if you sign up for one of the more expensive plans.
Although I'm sure this story's BS, the whole upgrade route is something to think about.
Apple's been down this road before as they lost the PC market to lower-cost competitors. Even when someone was ready to move up to a high-end PC, it was too late. The consumer was already used to Windows, had invested in applications, and perhaps even more importantly, the Mac's low market share led to a dearth of applications.
It could happen again in the phone market if Apple...
Data plans aren't bad in China. I pay about $5 a month for a plan with 150 MB of data and 50 minutes of outgoing voice. But the phone itself is definitely unaffordable for most people. When people see my iPhone, they often say to me "you must be rich!"
The biggest complaint I've heard about iOS is that it doesn't include a T9 keyboard (and unlike Android, there is no way to add keyboards). Some Chinese apps provide their own T9 keyboard, but this is far from ideal.