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 Yeah, I had never heard of it till now. I could see the utility of having an app which automatically collects all those outstanding orders in one place so you don't have to search through several emails to find them, but personally I don't ship enough stuff that it would be of much use.  But, I could see a small business owner or someone who does have a lot of things shipped finding this to be handy. Still, I'm not sure I like the trade off (buying habit info for mild...
 Slice is an app that people install which scans their emails (using whatever email service) and tracks receipts and packages, so you can more easily see what online orders you've placed and where/when stuff will be arriving.  In exchange, Slice mines that information to see who is buying what.  Not something I'd ever want, but people seem to. I'm guessing many of them have not actually read the Terms of Service and may be unaware of how their information is being used.
 I wouldn't be against US assembly, but I'm not sure it matters much. The final assembly is a very small part of the overall cost (4-5%), but it gets a lot of attention. The biggest "value add" parts of the phone come from Japan, South Korea, and the US, so that is where most of the money is going. The ~$10 or so for the final assembly is pretty miniscule. From a US economic standpoint, I'm much more interested in where the processor (9%), screen (22%), or wireless...
 That makes sense. From an OS / processing perspective there isn't much of a limit on how many apps can run (at some point you run out of memory and start swapping, but it could be a lot of apps), but from a practical usability perspective it would be hard to get more than a handful of apps visible and running without overlapping windows. At that point, you've basically got a laptop with a touch screen not a tablet.
 Currently, no. But with some changes (bigger screen, split screen) it could satisfy at least some 'power' users. For me, I do a lot of code development, but I tend to compile & run the code on a remote server / cluster so I don't really need a lot of local processing or memory. I'd like a larger iPad to use as a 'dumb' terminal and save a bit of weight when on travel. Again, this is not everyone's use case (and is not even my only use case), but you asked why someone...
 So you can use your tablet more like a laptop/desktop. I generally have lots of applications running & visible on my laptop:  – terminal (remotely accessing a server)  – web browser (reading an API spec)  – email / message  – video (watching a movie in the background) If I could do this on a tablet, it would be handy. Of course, my use case is not the one everyone uses, but not everyone just wants one or two apps running.
You are correct that the size reduction is about the same, but the _impact_ of that size reduction is less. You almost never design a chip with all transistors at the minimum feature size. As we have moved to smaller process nodes the number of 'effective' transistors you can get and the potential power savings has been less than the minimum feature size would indicate. 
 While we certainly haven't hit the limit, we have reached a point of diminishing returns on the number of 'practical' transistors per chip and the impact this has on performance and power (i.e. the impact of moving form 90 to 65nm was far greater than 14 to 10nm will be). Already Moore's law seems to be slowing. For the practical limits of CMOS it is hard to say. Industry folks and the ITRS roadmap seem to get somewhat hazy after 5 or 7nm, though some might push it...
 No, The UBS report said Apple "...is favoring sole-sourcing for "many components." – "many components" implies more than one, "each component" would imply that all components are single source, which is not the case, nor has UBS said so.
 For many components, it is as simple as dissembling the watch and reading the logo on the side of the component. Other times you may have to decipher a part number on the package or even remove the chip's package and look at the silicon to know. Do this with enough watches and if you get the same supplier each time you can build up a statistical probability that they are the sole source.
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