Originally Posted by Ormy
When I said "functions as well as..." I meant in more broad terms, core functionality. An iphone 6 isn't any better at making phone calls than a new android phone, nor general web browsing, nor anything else that you would consider core functionality for a phone, yet it comes with a 25% (or more) price premium, why? Ok so they may have packed in a few more pixels and a few more MHz but so what?
I never said Apple (or Bose) were selling snake oil, I said they're selling aesthetics, some customers may be duped into thinking aesthetics=functionality but most (especially in the case of Apple) are more or less aware they're paying a bit extra for the iphone name and the sleek look and that's perfectly fine.
Apple is selling an image, its fashion more than technology (or at least the majority of their customers view it that way), at the end of the day its all marketing, for better or for worse. If you still don't believe me look at the profit margin on Apple's hardware vs. Samsung or LG, Apple's is much bigger because people will pay that bit extra for the Apple brandname.
Any argument about basic functionality is pointless. The speakers that are built into TVs are functional, at least as much as an $80 Android phone. People pay extra for Bose and Apple because they want something better than basic functionality.
So the question is not about basic functionality but what you're getting for your extra money.
You keep talking about how the extra money goes to form vs. function, style, sleek looks, aesthetics, etc.
This may be the case for Bose, but again, with an iPhone, you get a product that is provably better than any Android phone in many regards.
So yes, Apple is a marketing powerhouse in the same way that Bose is, but they give you a top-quality, superior product. I think most of us agree that Bose doesn't.
(And yes, to respond to a different post, I do have an iPhone. I got it for work so I'm not trying to justify any decision or purchase. I've also owned Android phones. The simple fact is that iPhones are provably better than Android phones in most regards. Just read any in-depth review. It's not an arbitrary, subjective statement, so my motive for posting about it is pretty irrelevant.)