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 I don't think there is any technical difference between the formats that's worth talking about.  FLAC does have a multi-channel component defined, but no one uses it.  Every modern processor (desktop, mobile and embedded) has plenty of horsepower to decode and play either of them.  FLAC preceded ALAC by three years (2001 vs. 2004).  FLAC was created to deal with the monster sizes of WAV & AIFF recordings in something more manageable.  ALAC came later since Apple often...
 Not really.  Both uncompress to what is commonly known as AIFF, which is 2 channel PCM audio encoded in a file.  AIFF stands for Apple Interchange File Format and was pioneered by Apple in the late 80s and quickly made the standard in music mastering then...and now.  Microsoft and IBM came out with WAV a couple of years later, which was basically the same thing.
I never said that Apple should buy Sharp or manufacture their own screens. Apple's strategy is not to own factories, pioneered by Tim Cook in the late 90's. What I was implying was that Apple begin developing their own screen technology and not rely other partners for this. Who knows, they may already be doing this according to their patent filings. But I would think that Apple developing their own screen tech and then having Sharp or whomever manufacture it may be...
This would make a lot of sense. One of the advantages Qualcomm has with the SnapDragon is that the baseband modem is now being integrated on the SoC package for the CPU. It's a big deal since Apple still has to buy a separate chip from Qualcomm to do the same thing. One thing that Apple will not be able to escape is paying patent royalties since a lot of this tech is still patented by Qualcomm and Broadcom, although some of the Rockstar patent portfolio will help...
I have four of these.  So far things have been good except for an odd false alarm last week.  Resetting the unit seems to be fixed it..for now anyway.  Otherwise we've been pleased with them and if I really burn something in the kitchen, it works as advertised and wave works too.   I'm happy that they proactively decided to announce this, disable the feature and offer refunds.  As for me, I'm sure the engineers will get the algorithm right in the end.  They continue to...
 Uh, that is what you said.  You speculated on a future where Apple buys Intel and then shuts down production of everything except what Apple needs.  That is practically saying that Intel ceases to exist for the rest of the world that uses their products.  Did I miss something? And yes, its still crazytalk.
A legacy of Tim Cook, who eliminated Apple's owned factories by early 2000s.  Other providers were better at it and it gives Apple more flexibility to adjust for product/market shifts.  Even the new Sapphire plant in the US is owned by someone else (same for the Mac Pro plant).
Uh, no.  Let's just play your game that Intel just disappeared tomorrow.  What would happen?  Outside of panic in the tech world and a huge stock market crash (I wish I were kidding), the most immediate winner would be AMD since everyone would flock to them to get their chips.  Since AMD doesn't have Intel's fab capacity (or depth of products, or performance), chip prices would skyrocket until market forces equalized, probably in two years.  Not to mention every body who...
 They would, just not as many.  According to Gartner and reported on this website, Apple now has a market share of 13.7% in the Intel PC space.  So that means that 86.3% of Intel's products are sold to other companies.  Intel might have 10 fab plants producing that.  Apple might barely need one of those plants, and I doubt all of what Apple's buys are made in the same place anyway. Intel's chips may not be in phones or tablets, but they pretty much are everywhere else....
 You're implying that Apple-owned Intel would terminate all agreements except for that Apple needs.  That's silly.  First, just think about how many fab plants, operations, R&D and everything else Intel spends money on.  Apple's piece of the customer pie is small (despite the fact they are one of Intel's single biggest customers).  If you shut down all that stuff, then the cost to produce what Apple needs would skyrocket just due to the fact that Intel's profits are...
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