Apple’s strategy: parsimoniously dole out useful features to keep people on an upgrade staircase that never quite ends by always having something a little better around the corner. Or quite a lot better […]. […]
A few months ago, I mapped the hardware and software features Samsung has added over the generations to its Galaxy S line, from the original through the S2, S3 and so on. My expectation was of a gradually rising list; instead I found regression. The most obvious is the waterproofing, removable battery and swappable SD card that the S5 offered, and the S6 has forgone. […]
By contrast, I cannot find a single example of a hardware or integrated feature Apple has removed in the iPhone’s history.
I would have said “incrementally”, rather than “parsimoniously”, but I agree with the broader point: Apple keeps moving forward, steadily. Samsung, less so. (See this related post about Samsung, highlighting some of its performance issues.)