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 Because the world is more complex than the damn US, and even in the US, not everything warrants calling 911. Why do Americans always think the entire world ticks by their clocks?In Europe there are separate emergency numbers for Police, Ambulance, Road Side Assistance and Fire (which means FASTER service)Because there are sometimes highway emergency numbers.Because how would you know what number to dial, and this question isn't asked for no reason, Apple gets this already...
This isn't about button permutations but about the model of the input state machine, you can't get out of that model, unless there's a bug elsewhere.In this case, this isn't a bug in the input screen, but somewhere else. Given that things crash, and then the call is placed, and since it's not an exact number of multiple presses, but a matter of QUICKLY REPEATING the key presses/button touches, what we have here with 99% probability is a race condition in the event handling...
 It's all about this Jobs idea that user experience should be a "cinematic experience" (to quote him from one of the keynote or WWDC speeches, forgot which one, probably more than one). The problem is, that for marketing reasons our computers and electronic gadgets are supposed to become addictive, just like the flashing lights around a one-armed bandit or some other gambling or gaming machine (started with the pinball machines...) The problem with boring things not being...
 All these musings are pointless: in this age of marketing, something like an iPhone is as much a fashion product as a technology tool. As such, it has to look contemporary, not old-fashioned, unless it looks really old-fashioned (aka SteamPunk) and that happens to be fashionable at the moment. The flat design trend has long been coming. Skype was one of the first to adopt it in the tech space, but there are others. Luxury brands jumped on it years ago in their print ads....
 People who think about plastic in terms of price haven't understood. Plastic is more flexible in terms of color, shape, etc.More importantly it's about manufacturing speed. The iPhone 5 had significant supply constraints due to the speed at which it could be manufactured. You can't expand your market and keep selling more devices if you rely on time consuming CNC milling for your manufacturing.Further, you don't understand Asia, or for that matter, much of the fashion...
About time they did this, otherwise it would just have been a matter of time until someone filed a class action law suit on this matter. I was always annoyed Greenpeace didn't pick up on this, because the old policy sent lots of working devices to the landfill. The beauty is; there is the really cheap iPhone: the trickle down of used phones, and because Apple devices are a quality product, there's no punishment typing this on a several year old iPhone 4 that still works...
Only people who read spin believe it. Apple's share in the smartphone market drops, but that includes more and more cheap phones that are feature phone replacements.Apple's sales are steadily growing, hardly a sign of falling popularity, particularly when comparing a long lived high quality device with short lived junk; users of junk phones probably go through two or more phones before people on average replace their iPhone.
Still missing a hygrometer and barometer/altimeter, we need the iPhone to become a tricorder Also, a calibrated microphone would be useful, so you could measure noise levels, alert users that it's time to put in in ear plugs. On the other hand, nobody seems to have caught on to the Tim Cook phrase that the A7 is "desktop class". Could be an innocent silly metaphor, or a slight show of hands: with Apple putting that much money into CPU development, and with the Mac...
 Sounds like some sort of disk corruption, possibly.Either boot in safe-mode, then reboot, and/or boot in recovery mode, and run Disk Utility, and repair your boot partition. A first-time reboot after a software install can take longer, because a bunch of caches are being rebuilt, but 20m sounds excessive.
 Sure, it's gaining momentum and mass, but the question is also, where it's going.So that would imply it's going down faster and with more consequences. So if the WP8 is the snowball going downhill, maybe it takes the entire Windows ecosystem and M$ down with it, and doing so faster and with more impact than one might expect? (not making that prediction, just following through on the metaphor...)
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