The big problem is that technology has moved on. Now, technology is everywhere, and it’s the user experience which defines it, not the hardware specifications. The fact that an iPhone 6 has less RAM than a Samsung Galaxy S5 isn’t important, except as it impacts the user experience – and in this case, it doesn’t. The days when hardware specs could be used as a proxy for quality of the user experience are gone.
I really like Ian's writing. I do. In this particular case, I also get the point that real world performance is more important than specs on paper.
So, I attempted to rephrase the problem. In 2014 (soon 2015) I don't expect Safari to reload the webpage from one of its 3/4 tabs when I jump between even one app and back multitasking in iOS. It is especially terrible on the iPad. Paying more than other competing devices, I expect Apple to step up its game in this front. Not for specs on paper, but for very real world performance. That's all.