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  You said "apple isn't locking anything up" then proceeded to explain just how they have managed to lock things up by effectively controlling a large percentage of the world's supply for the necessary equipment.  Not just now, but into the future.
Are you sur about this? I googled it and what I saw is the fast majority of sessions are wifi. I couldn't find a breakdown of wifi only iPads vs the models with built in cellular. I will only. Buy the cellular model, yet 90% of my own sessions are wifi. If this is the stat used, this is an awful way to calculate the sales for each model.
  It depends if Apple is satisfied with 60% market share or if they want 90% market share.  A 7" iPad priced at $249 could do for the iPad market share what the smaller iPods did for apple's MP3 market share when they were announce.  Companies were competing with less expensive devices with less capacity.  Apple made them all instantly irrelevant with it's expanded iPod line.  A 7" iPad (iPad mini?) has the potential to do the same thing.  Consider that Apple already...
So microsoft turned a tablet into a laptop computer that you can't actually use on your laptop.
  There are technical reasons - here is the reason for Siri - there is new hardware built into the A5 that is specifically to support Siri.  Apple won't release as substandard implementation on devices that don't have this hardware.     http://article-interlingual.blogspot.com/2012/02/iphone-4s-has-special-noise-reduction.html  
  They could be compressing the image more for 3G connections to reduce bandwidth which may require the faster processor in the 4S to get the reliability and performance Apple wants.   See the Siri example, You can hack Siri to run on the iPhone 4 as well, but the 4 doesn't have the hardware support that's built into the 4S that allows for better voice recognition. So in that case it wasn't an arbitrary decision to require the 4S.  I doubt it was just an arbitrary...
  They aren't even targeting the same use.  The only thing they have in common is they stream movies.  How many of the top 100 movies on the iTunes store are even available on Netflix streaming. I would be shocked if the number is more than 5.  Apple doesn't consider netflix streaming a competitor, they even bundle it on the AppleTV.   The question for Apple isn't does Netflix generate more revenue than iTunes movies, it's simply the question of if iTunes movie revenue is...
  thinking something is overpriced is no excuse for stealing. That sort of thinking isn't acceptable for high priced items (like a sportscar), why should it be acceptable for low priced items (like a song, movie, software app)?  Just because it item is digital doesn't mean it doesn't take work to create.   And how much difference is there really between printing a DVD to rent and streaming a digital file?  The DVD costs pennies to make, the cost of those pennies are split...
  Did you really just say $5.99 is too expensive because stealing is free?  Great ethics there.   The other options are price vs convenience tradeoffs.  Get into your car, drive to the video store or kiosk, pick out a movie, find the one you really want is gone and you have to pick something else, bring it home to watch, watch it, then drive back the next day to return it to avoid late fees vs paying a couple of extra dollars to view the new movie you want to watch when...
  I think you missed my point.  A year ago I subscribed to the full netflix subscriptions for DVDs and Streaming because you had to subscribe to both to get streaming.  I never borrowed any DVDs, I just used the streaming.  They split them out, so I dropped the DVD service and went to exclusively a streaming subscription.  THey make less money from me than they did before.   Look at their last quarterly filing.  A year ago they had about 23 million subscribers, streaming...
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