Originally Posted by Rogifan
I wish Jony Ive could get in front of the bean counters and/or marketing guys and strangle them. Offering an 8GB model just so the first price you see on a website is $249 is ridiculous. How the hell does Phil Schiller spin that?
Well, Phil Schiller just won't emphasize it's shortcomings, much like he side-stepped any hardware upgrades in last year's iPod Touch using 2010 technology for a minor discount.
Even though it included iOS 5, but 2010 iPod Touch owners got that anyway....
Instead of keeping all SoCs in sync across iOS devices (A5s in 2011 iPad and iPhone products), Apple set a precedence by reserving the newer SoCs for their premium-tier products. Though maybe they didn't have enough to go around, or they wanted those to go to their iOS product with more 'perceived value'.
At this point (and well into the future), I would assume that the iPad and iPhone will be the premium-tier iOS devices (with current SoCs), and iPod Touch and iPad mini's will be second-tier iOS devices (with last year's SoCs), even though it appears that current SoCs barely cost anymore for about twice the performance --
It may just come down to availability of current year SoCs, but given how Apple charges for flash storage upgrades, it's more likely 'perceived value' and profits.
I'd really like an iPad mini, but Apple better put one hell of a spin for me to buy any iOS device at these prices. I just wonder how they're going to spin a tablet with a 2010 processor, lower-resolution screen, with an inadequate amount of flash storage. Maybe it will include a modified A6. I know, I'm dreaming....
I'll probably end up waiting for a 2014 iPad or the version including the PowerVR G6400 --
Edited by nonimus - 10/14/12 at 2:08pm