Originally Posted by SpotOn
I´ve mentioned a while ago that Apple needed to diversify it´s iPhone line like they did with the iPod.
2: Regular iPhone
3: Larger iPhone with more features, storage and connectivity
4: Buy outright and pay as you go options.
5: More carriers
Oh well, I think Steve is just grooming Apple for purchase/merger to Google anyway.
Not that Apple is infallible. but do you really think that Apple or Steve Jobs simply made decisions by throwing dart or something? Apple is reputed not to conduct "consumer group studies", perhaps because a "group think" is ephemeral and as good only as the sampling. That Apple does indeed attempt to consider consumer choices very seriously is apparent in the success of many devices it has introduced to the market.
When Steve Jobs came back to Apple the first thing he did was to reduce the number of computer choices down to four, if II am not mistaken -- down from hundreds of variants.
Have you considered the technical and production ramifications of having too many variants of a product? And how it would affect consumer behavior? From a consumer perspective: Can you for example name all the variants of the Nokia phones, and have all the time in the world to analyze them so that you can truly say you made the correct choice, after you selected one?
It is possible that Apple may someday offer variants of its products, especially those that are maturing.
In fact, many argued that the iPhone is nothing but a variation of the iPod, much as the iPod Touch is an evolution of the iPod. Similarly, the iPad may be viewed as another variant of the iPhone OS mobile computing devices:
iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad
In a sense, one could claim that the iPad (wifi) is larger iPod Touch. And, the iPad (3G) can be adopted to be a substitute (for some people) for the iPhone. There is a reason, more than likely why Apple has not opted to rollout a mini-iPhone, in spite of the certainty of pundits that it was to be the next variant coming out.
I can envision a time in the future when Apple may create variants of the iPads or the iPhone either in size or functionality. As to storage and RAM, this may be dictated by existing technology and cost, plus marketing price of the product.
I am sure that there are many other reasons. What we can be sure of is that Apple is very methodical and if we believe theeir public announcements, they do not integrate a technology before its time, or if has not met certain specifications.
Proofs of its success is its high profitability and the company that others look up to when it comes to products that appeal to consumers.