The reason for including the screen was for functionality that otherwise didnt exist, unless you had an iphone, which most people didnt at the time. The Duet was biggest seller until the touch (or the latest device), and when they sold them seperately, no one bought the handset as it was almost the price of a ipod Touch. This came from a retailer who sold a lot of these.
I did not remotely imply the logitech devices were sold at a loss, I reffered to the margin - there wasn't enough in it without the screen, hence why its attached to the latest device.
Its well know in electronics that Apple's iphone replaced many dedicated electronic device business. It is also why Sonos don't sell as many controllers. Or Philips new lighting range has begun replacing dedicated light controllers for apps as another example.
Its only my opinion about iPhone, and user generate wikipedia is not neccessarily fact either.
I do agree about spdif though - but if you have to have it, then at least it should be BNC connectors.
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