Originally Posted by winterspan
True, but there is a major difference between just focusing on real-world performance improvements instead of hardware, and actually keeping secret all technical details and not letting your partners to list them.
Focusing on the practical benefits of new hardware and publicly listing the device specifications are not mutually exclusive for god sakes. There is no reason why the iPhone specifications section on the website can't list basic info about the CPU and graphics cores.
Just like the Mac computers, they can continue focusing on the practical benefits of their software and hardware while also being transparent about the hardware components..
I would think that the number of people that understand mobile phone components would be far fewer than those that understand desktop / notebook components. Trying to get people to see it as a gestalt is probably worthwhile. For most people, it's probably not interesting information, and it really doesn't help much in understanding how well the device works. For example, as long as it works as advertised, most people don't worry about how much memory or what kind of processor is in a printer. Heck, even if the printer doesn't work right, how many people would infer that the processor or memory is at fault?
Originally Posted by Nano2Gfteo
Why Apple keep 3G S specs secret ?. Because it is inferior to Palm Pre specs!!!.
Not that this matters becuase both hardware are really powerful enough to do things they are supposed to do. Just that battery life needs decent system management to ensure a reasonable amount of sustained use. The predicted battery life seems fine for normal use.
In this case, I think it's hard to simply say superior or inferior just from the raw speed or size, though I can understand some people will make that judgement. But if it's not the right match for the device in question, such as your example, then it's not really superior, it's the wrong part for the job.
An extreme example is that Sega hand held game system that had a color screen, fast graphics and a backlight when the old Game Boy had none of that. Despite being a far superior system in terms of those specs, the Sega didn't catch on, a lot of that due to people not wanting to replace the batteries more than once a day. The price probably didn't help either.