Originally Posted by sog35
you yourself said it.
compare the 1st Gen iPadMini and iPad.
The 1st Gen iPad mini was essentially identical (in terms of specs) to the iPad 2, which they were still making as an entry level unit at the time. The main difference was the size, and the Lightning connector.
The current model iPad mini (with Retina Display) is pretty much the same as the iPad Air, except for the size of the unit.
Even Samdung uses better hardware for their Note3 vs Galaxy S5.
I don't see what the big deal is.
The Note 3 isn't the same phone as a Galaxy S5. A better comparison would be the numerous HTC One models.
So is that a model Apple should use? Is it a model that they want to use? I don't think so.
Its like expecting the MacBookAir to be just as powerful as the top of the line MacBookPro.
No, it's more like expecting the 11" MacBook Air to be just as powerful as the 13" MacBook Air. Which it is.
Its just so much easier to make a device more powerful if its bigger.
And if making it more powerful is your only concern, you should make your phones the size of a 12-place dining table. (I believe this is the plan for the Note 6. That will be a really powerful phone.)
Originally Posted by Lorin Schultz
I know, I understand. I'm saying that you may not get the product equity you're hoping for. Apple has demonstrated a willingness to make the artificial distinctions you describe.
No they haven't. The distinctions they have made aren't aritificial. The MacBook Pro 13" only uses a dual core CPU, and doesn't have the stand-alone GPU primarily due to the physical space available in the form factor. The 21.5" iMac uses lower base-speed CPUs (but with the same Turbo speed) than the options available in the 27", again due to fitting things into the smaller housing, and allowing for heat dissipation. Differences in the iMac GPUs are at least partly due to the different screen resolutions.
Typically, the system components of the iPhone or the iPad are much smaller (relative to device size) than those for a desktop or laptop PC. The largest component is the battery, and we can expect, should the 5.5" model be real, that it will be larger in the larger model. Oh, and the cables will be longer. Any other difference will be for technical reasons (eg better GPU to drive more pixels), not to create a "premium" phone.
Besides, Apple tends not to announce the processor speed of their phones or tablets. We only hear what they are when third-parties get hold of them and do their tests and/or teardowns. Apple say what model of processor is in it (and in the case of the A7 that it's 64-bit) and that's it. They don't even say how much RAM is in it. Apple clearly don't care about creating a "premium" phone model, the only people who do seem to be those who want to justify their desire for the larger screen. If you want a 5.5" phone, why do you care that it's better than the 4.7"? If they're otherwise identical, get the screen size you want, and shut up.