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Those are all incremental improvements. Nobody's saying Apple's phones are bad, just that they lack compelling differentiators to other phones, including older iPhones.

Of course it's arguable, my tongue was firmly in me cheek when writing that. It's just that the post I was replying to was so over the top, including half of it's points being entirely out of Apple's hands, it deserved an over the top retort.

For example, any improvements Apple made to wireless networking would by necessity be available to competitors - and they actually do it anyway! Apple are a major contributor to wireless standards, kickstarted Wifi in the first place and are major contributors on connector standards too including USB-C. But as I say, these are standards so not inherently differentiating features.

We're at the point with handsets that one person's differentiation is another person's feature bloat. Take the people replying to me saying they prefer touch ID. Fair enough, I can understand why, but the corollary to that isn't that therefore face ID is worthless and not an innovation. That's just crass and why I phrased my post in a 'what have you done for me recently' framework. When a company is dressing a market of billions, 'I don't like new feature X that's popular with hundreds of millions, therefore Apple isn't innovative' comes across as whiny self obsession.

Their SoCs are a massive differentiator. Unfortunately I don’t think the iPhone is in a good position to leverage that.

Having much better single core performance means the chips tend to be better at running (JS) websites. However most mobile websites are awful and full of “download our app” type popups/dark patterns that means “good at websites” isn’t really the advantage it ought to be. I suppose this also lets webview and JavaScript type “apps” work better.

There are very few workloads on mobile that can take advantage of more than a handful of cores.

Is it really a "massive" differentiator in 2019? Even an iPhone 5S is "fast enough" in most situations. Even a $250 Android phone bought today will not be so slow or incapable that it becomes an issue for 2 years.

One compelling differentiator is that they don't lag and stutter when you scroll the app menus directly in your mobile OS.

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