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As of this writing, the note above has been added but the article is still incorrect.
What people have found is that the Lightning cable contains a chip that uses a one-pin serial connection for a fixed indentification number. This kind of chip has been used to identify battery packs, for example. Since the Lightning connector is supposed to be future proof, you'd expect the interface to include identifying information to tell it what electrical and logical protocol to use. It seems like a leap to call this an authentication chip.
This series of TI chips is generally used for product identification: returning an identification number on a 1-pin serial interface. Since the Lightning connector is planned to be future proof, I would expect it to require cables to identify what hardware and software interface to use.
I think the commercial is arresting. But I don't think MS has a cool image, and I think they're too late to the dance.
  Take a look at what dpreview says about this problem.  Chromatic aberration occurs when the lens can't focus all colors sharply at the same time.  Lens flare occurs when stray light gets in and bounces around between the elements of the lens.
The article contradicts itself. The Apple source cited, and others I've seen, say the problem is lens flare, which is an issue caused by reflections in the lens system. But after quoting Apple on this, the AI article says it's chromatic aberration, as if it were agreeing with Apple. Chromatic abberation is a completely different thing, that involves refraction, not reflection.
  Apple has said that they plan to stick with this connector for a long time.  That means that it's probably going to have to support several different electrical interfaces over its lifetime.  At the least, I would expect USB3 and Thunderbolt in the near term.  To do that with a small number of pins means it's going to have to figure out which interface you're using and assign the pins accordingly.  The existing cable needs to configure the electrical interface for...
  The iPod touch 4G 16GB currently sells for $199.  It has a retina display and camera.  The iPad 2 16GB currently sells for $399.  Apple could clearly fit something in between.  Their historical practice in iPhone and iPad is to make small margins on the base model, and make most of their money from people willing to pay through the nose for extra flash memory.  And they don't need to make much money on the iPad mini -- it's worth a lot to them to avoid letting...
We know from public filings that Apple's gross margins on iPhone for the last couple of years have been about 50%, and on iPad about 25%.  Since much of that comes from the more expensive models, which don't cost much more to make, that suggests that if you buy the 16GB iPhone or iPad, you get a good deal.  The idea that they are somehow extorting grotesque 300% profits from each phone is nonsense.
I've read that iPod out specifically means the remote control of iTunes that some cars do.
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