Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
I think you're confusing "more advanced" in-universe technology with updated production values.
No, I assume that the appearance of the Narada
was the catalyst - meaning, Starfleet got whatever information it could out of the sensor readings of that ship, and thus upped their standards a bit.
Well, yes, it's universally accepted that the technology got more advanced after
the timeline divergence. But you were saying that it was already "more advanced" in 2233, before the Narada
arrived. So I'm confused about what it is you're actually saying.