And what in the world difference does it make how often someone is paid? Do you normalize every price to your salary frequency?
When you are calculating the daily cost of a phone, you are doing it wrong.
Maybe I am. Please explain.
The plodders go down with the ship.
Often with otherwise underserved promotions due to the vacuum above caused by the departures.
courtesy of the lowest-bidding chinese manufacturers
In the end it's courtesy of all the internet whiners who immediately start shouting "overpriced" whenever a manufacturer uses higher quality parts. Nice things cost money, often in a non-linear way.
Probably not anywhere near as bad as Android
Yes, the Android situation is much different. I presume this is carrier indifference more than user indifference. One good thing about the Apple situation is that Apple does not give the carriers any control. And of course the manufacturer control is also not an issue, obviously.
or if it was just a demonstration and they are selling to the highest bidder?
There's not much to sell. It's a single line of HTML. It was fixed in 2008, but somehow briefly resurfaced in iOS 10. Its fixed now.
Are there statistics on this?
Yes there are. 95% on at least the penultimate version, with the vast majority of those on the latest version.
In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.