Has the iPhone replaced the iPod as the headliner for the company's fall product preview?
But to Marco Arment, the rumors make a lot of sense.
In a Thursday blog post entitled "Apple's boring hardware updates," the creator of Instapaper and co-host of Build and Analyze argues that refinements in iOS hardware are reaching a point of diminishing returns, where minor updates -- like a new color or a new chip -- can be handled with a simple press release.
"Like the MacBook Pro," he writes, "Apple has refined the iPhone and iPad designs almost to the point that it's difficult to think of how they'd meaningfully improve them without major underlying changes (such as a breakthrough in storage or battery technology)."
Besides, he writes, waiting until fall to unveil the iPhone 5 "explains a lot about some recent inconveniences that we've mostly been ignoring because they didn't fit into our expected Apple-view."
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