Originally Posted by Seankill
Well, depending on how you define out of date, the IPhone comes out with outdated hardware. Now I own a IPhone 4 and love it. However, Steve is wrong, there is no one size fits all. Otherwise, It wouldn't exist. I am in college(Engineering); so a lot of my friends like to mess with coding and stuff. The android is open so they can do this. I do not know anything about that stuff, so a phone that works great and does most of the same thing, IPhone is better for me. (Until they get more than like 20% thinner than the Iphone 4, then ill jump to android, simply cause I don't get Apple's thing with things being 1mm thin. I want to hold something, not air.
What outdated hardware are you talking about? Yes, I could have an A5 chip instead of an A4, or an 8MP camera instead of 5 -- but what makes the phone useful and valueable to me is not how many pixels Apple crammed on the screen or CMOS, it's what I do with the phone.
Cramming more pixel density onto that size CMOS just in order to be able to say "10MP Camera" on the spec list isn't going to help me take better pictures or scream "up to date" hardware at me. What tells me Apple is up to date is that they are considering other things about the camera -- lens elements, quality of lens, backlighting, color sensitivity and range, speed of response, etc.... and, sure enough, the software for actually taking a picture, thank you very much.
Because of Apple's model and committment to getting OS updates out quickly to even older devices, because Apple wants me to be happy with the phone I have, then I start to view the Phone as more than a bag of parts. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. That approach is unique to Apple; it's refreshing, maybe even a bit magical. On the iPhone, an OS update is giving 2+ year-old phones a new lease of life. People are very happy about that.
OTOH, people shopping for an Android phone are forced to look at spec lists, and they are encouraged to look at the last decimal place in terms of GHZ or RAM or pixels and everything else because those are the only things
that differentiate the phones -- it is constant one-upmanship between the handset makers and the individual handsets becuase the makers must
provide some candy and diversion in order to sell devices.
The Android OS has become the commodity part, and the handset makers have to find other ways to stand out -- they aren't doing it through better service or customer satisfaction; they are, as the article suggests, creating buyers' remorse and making you unhappy so that you will buy a new phone!
But what good are all these specs, these latest components, this up-to-date hardware, if the features depending on them are barely usable, are not supported, or are non-existent in a device because I can't easily get an OS update (short of being an engineering nerd who loves to root his phone)? From the chart we can see just how out of date
most phones actually are.
Also, bear in mind that we don't know what Apple has pulled off inside the A4 and A5 SoC. They have done a lot of in-house custom work on them. Yes, they might have started with an off-the-shelf ARM design to base part of it on, but to call much of Apple's stuff "outdated" is a little disingenuous. Then there are the engineering processes with metal and glass, new ideas for antennas that make room for more battery; and of course, there are the advancements in power management and batterylife itself.
So, just because the stock
parts that Apple does include might not be as flashy as the latest and greatest Android phone released last week, it's far more likely that these are design and strategic decisions (and the inevitable trade-offs) that allow Apple to deliver other, more
advanced hardware elements than competitors would or could.
Really, your argument is just a deflection from the fact that a lot of true innovation and up-to-datedness is accomplished in the software and in elements that don't make the me-too-spec-list.