Originally Posted by holymadness
It's amusing to watch someone who claims to have experience with electronics design claim that the only reason to leave out a SD slot is greed.
Greed may not be the only reason, but considering Apple, it was probably very high up on the list. The mico SD slot is roughly comparable in size to the SIM slot required for any GSM or UMTS phone. On a phone as big as the iPhone 5 there is probably plenty of room, since many comparably sized competing products have both a SIM and an SD slot, and sometimes even a user replaceable battery. Hellmark
was almost certainly correct when he said that the obvious reason to leave out a micro SD slot was because it is much more profitable to gouge the customer for a 16GB to 32GB internal FLASH upgrade.
Greed and price gouging are probably some of the reasons that Apple is doing so poorly in the biggest smartphone market in the work.