Originally Posted by Andysol
I'm not going to quote your entire post because it's obnoxiously long.
Can the A7 power a 4.7 or 5.5 screen? Of course.
The A5 powered an iPad mini, ipad 2 and Retina 3 yet they made an A6 a year later
The A6 powered the ipad 4 and yet they made an A7 a year later
The A7 powers the iPad Air and mini retina- but this is the year they don't update?
Where is the precedent for your claim?
You're under the assumption that all that will change will be the screen size. That isn't the case- never has been.
If the A8 is significantly more power efficient that it can extend the battery life of the iPhone 6 an additional 1-2 hours- why wouldn't they put it in the iPhone?
We'll clearly have to agree to disagree. Cya in September.
You perceive that I lack an understanding of how Apple's business operates.
Apple is a focused company with a fully realized business model that shows a clear pattern of how it incrementally refreshes it products, and resells them to an established worldwide marketplace. Apple is always working on refining and advancing its technology, and never introduces everything all at once, but gradually, so that what it introduces is newer and better to its established customer base, which gives them an incentive to buy the newest thing from Apple. Sometimes, product refreshes take years because the technology hasn't caught up with the capability that Apple wants its products to have. And in some cases, product refreshes are incremental, to give customers a reason to buy a different version of the same thing.
When Apple introduced the iPhone 5, it had the A6 chip and the metal case. The iPad mini had the A5 chip that was in the iPad 2, and had the same resolution screen of the iPad 2. Why didn't Apple give its customers an iPad mini with the A6x chip and a Retina display? Because Apple needed a smaller lower cost iPad to compete with smaller/cheaper Android tablets, that was also lower priced and less powered than its top of the line iPad Retina with the A6x chip.
And, Apple wanted the iPad mini Retina to be next years model, to give customers a reason to buy more iPad mini's.
The 64 bit A7 chip and the Touch ID was Apple's next generation technology that Apple introduced in the iPhone 5s the following year. When Apple introduces the next generation iPhone, the previous generation always become the mid-tier phone. So how could Apple externally differentiate the iPhone 5s from the iPhone 5, to distinguish two premium phones from each other. The metal case of the iPhone 5 was Apple's top of the line design, if Apple offered the iPhone 5s with the same metal case of the iPhone 5, and offered both iPhone models with the same metal case, there would be no physical distinction between the top-tier phone and the mid-tier phone.
So Apple went back to the design of the Apple 3GS, and placed the iPhone 5 in a plastic body; and renamed the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5c.
This allowed Apple to recycle the metal case of the iPhone 5 into a new product, the iPhone 5s; with two new metallic shades, a 64 bit chip, and a biometric sensor called Touch ID. Apple also incorporated the 64 bit chip into the iPad line, the iPad mini Retina, and Apple's next generation iPad, the iPad Air, which used an enlarged version of the iPad mini's design, and was made thinner and lighter.
Instead of continuing the pattern of distinguishing products by having a more powerful chip in the top-tier option, Apple chose to make both the smaller iPad mini Retina, and the iPad Air Retina to have the same capacity; so that both tablets were equal in power, but only different in screen size.
Which was what Apple did with the Macbook Air line; when it offered the 11" and the 13" models with the same capacity; where the only difference was screen size.
This pattern shows how Apple has evolved, and the direction that Apple is going in its iPhone line.
Apple's enlargement of the iPhone screen from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4s, as well as Apple's development of the iPad mini in response to the demand for smaller Android tablets in the marketplace, is Apple's acknowledgment that the market wants larger screened phones and smaller screened tablets. And now, Apple will introduce two larger iPhones. The 4.7" iPhone 6, and the 5.5" iPhone 6s.
Seeing that Apple has two different sized Macbook Air's with the same capacity, and two different sized iPad's with the same capacity; Apple will continue this pattern and create two new iPhones with the same capacity as its top-tier iPhone, so that customers will have the option of choosing a top-tier iPhone in either small, medium, or large.
Which means that when Apple introduces the iPhone 6 line, it will have the same capacity as its current top of the line phone, the iPhone 5s.
When Touch ID was introduced in 2013, it required the A7 chip. So why didn't the 2013 iPad's with the same A7 chip get Touch ID? Because the two 64 bit iPad's with Touch ID would be this years model.
So Apple will introduce two new iPhones and two new iPads in 2014. When Apple introduces the larger screened iPhone's, Apple's iPhone and iPad line will be:
- iPhone 4s with the A5 chip
- iPhone 5c with the A6 chip
- iPhone 5s with the A7 chip and Touch ID
- iPhone (6) 4.7" with the A7 chip and Touch ID
- iPhone (6s) 5.5" with the A7 chip and Touch ID
- iPad mini with the A5 chip
- iPad mini Retina with the A7 (or A8) chip and Touch ID
- iPad with the A6x chip
- iPad Air with the A7 (or A8) chip and Touch ID
I've already told you what will happen.
Time will tell who is right.