Originally Posted by JeffDM
There is also a measure of added convenience for Apple too. Apple gets more money if you buy a whole new unit. They don't get that at all if an existing owner can just swap the chip. Maybe that's a bit of a cynical view, but it is true. They also don't have to worry about the contacts getting corroded, though I've not had that kind of problem. If they were worry about corroding contacts, maybe they wouldn't have chosen a 30 pin dock connector with such tiny pins.
That is true this plays to Apples advantage. At the same time the average mobile phone user buys a new phone every couple of years. So this limitation won't really change normal buying habits.
Originally Posted by aegisdesign
Not having to worry about a missing feature adds to the convenience ? I see.
Yes if you don't want to deal with separate memory cards.
It's no different than the external SIM slot on the iPhone really, except of course most SDHC slots are spring loaded and don't require a 'special tool' to swap SIMs. Ah, but then with only one carrier, you're not likely to swap SIMs often - again, Apple adding to the convenience eh?
Is their really any room left inside the iPhone for a micro card slot?
Really though, I don't think storage is a big deal. If you've a slot then it's a no brainer to upgrade instead of having to buy a new phone but generally you're probably going to bin the iphone in 2 years anyway when it's obsoleted by a new iphone.
Also from what I understand the flash memory in the micro-card is not the same flash used in internal storage.
Originally Posted by Mazda 3s
And if Apple had a miniSD slot, now one here would bat an eye -- same for if Apple had a removable battery on the iPhone. No one would say a word.
With these two changes the iPhones design would not be what it is now.
I just don't know why so many people are willing to be an inhibitor for Apple's continued mantra of choosing style over functionality. Or is it just that we are that vain?
Their really is no right or wrong answer. That is the reason they make so many different phones. If enough people feel that removable batteries and micro card slots are not needed and make the iPhone profitable for Apple. Then those features were not necessarily all that functional for that group of consumers.