Originally Posted by ZealotKi11er
Yeah that is what I am thinking too. Here we have LG doing this for those 3 people that have very weird sense of progression and then you have Apple possibly removing audio jack. I too think it stupid. Smart Phones are Intergraded devices. Having modules is stupid. What will happen when you upgrade?
The status quo should not be confused with the ideal.
Modules are an excellent idea for smartphones. They allow for a single high end base phone to be made, and then customized to the individual's need. With some intelligent design all modules can share the same form factor and connections, meaning that any configuration will still be compatible with cases, screen protectors, and other accessories.
The conventional alternative is to make 50 different phone models, all with mostly common features, each with slightly different strengths and weaknesses. Various market factors combined with rushed and poorly thought out design result in 40 of those 50 models becoming immediately irrelevant, even to the niche they were designed to cater to. This is incredibly wasteful, and results in very few real choices for the customer and higher overall prices due to funding failed designs with the profits of successful ones.