Originally Posted by Gatorguy
Of course it's Apple fault.
Sure, it's Apple's fault the way it's Samsung's fault for not investing into better SW development or Google not caring about vetting apps on Google Play the way Apple does. That doesn't make it wrong, it makes it a business decision.
What prevents them from using a chipset with the proper frequencies supported for that country's advertised 4G services? Nothing other than the cost. Other manufacturers do, but yes it would be more effort with less profit if Apple were to do the same. The name of the game is profit and Apple plays it better than any other mobile player right now.
The cost is minimal. We're not even talking about different baseband chips, but power amps for the different operating bands. They'd likely make more money in the short run just as they would if they created many different products that are unique to each market, but that's a myopic view of how to run a company.
Just look at what happened to Nokia. They still sell the most phones and the most models of phones but diluted their brand and stretched themselves too thin. Sure, it was all fine and dandy before the iPhone came along but that's how things work. It's exactly like playing most strategy-based games.
So why would Apple take less profit now for something that's an easy per-country resolution? Simple: Consistency. Now the US and Canada iPads are a different story because they still have a CDMA-based network which has unfortunately split the network. Now we have decent 3G world-mode chips but we don't LTE chips that support more than 2 bands, at least not in the iPad. So why did they did allow it for the US and Canada? Simple: It wasn't a psychological change YoY. Once they can get 3 or more LTE bands I assume we'll be down to 12 models for the US and Canada, unless new CDMA carriers come on board.
So this goes back to the upcoming problem I mentioned earlier about the challenge Apple will have in still trying to have one base device for most of the world when the LTE chips seem so limited in the number of bands they support. We might see them split the devices across nations for the first time, or they might simply rollout LTE to new markets that can support the most commonly used bands that will help their sales. The iPhone has a lot of competition so there is a need to saturate the market more aggressively.
Now the iPad is a different story than the iPhone, and always has been. There is no iPad competition, especially for cellular, so there was no overwhelming need to push LTE to all countries that have it simply because they exist.
- In Australia, what percentage of iPads are sold with mobile chips?
- In Australia, how many of them are activated?
- In Australia, what percentage of cellphone users are using an LTE phone on an LTE network?
I bet it's pretty damn low compared to the US. I also bet if Canada wasn't inline with US operating bands they wouldn't have been included either.
So what country or countries are next? I'm guessing the one(s) with the highest level of LTE users for a certain operating frequency. So which one is that?
Bottom line: If you don't like the products a company offers then don't buy it. If you think the company is dragging its feet because there isn't enough competition to motivate it don't blame the company, blame its inept competition.