I wasn't aware of that, thank you for letting me know of their response.
I believe it was reported that Nokia and Siemens had sold/developed some of the filtering equipment being used by the Iranian government. http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/06/nokia-siemens-boycott/
Profit margins. Also, it's not their style to cut back on quality in order to lower the price tag. Apple doesn't do cheap.
Or maybe it's a taste of what it might become without such criticism.