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Very misleading thread title, and from that and the details in the article, it's easy to tell that the author is technically ignorant about Flash.   It has nothing to do with "cheap memory".  Heck, Apple uses the least expensive type for their iOS devices as well.   Daywalker gave the best comment:  apparently there was a bug in some software versions where the Flash Trim command was not given when files were deleted.  Without that command, the Flash controller...
  AFAIK, Apple has never used activation numbers in their quarterly reports as far as sold or channel inventory go.
  AT&T doesn't report just new device activations.   They count every device activation, new or old.   This is why device sales numbers never match up with activation numbers.  The latter includes hand me down and resold devices, which usually average a bit over 10% of total activations (but which can go another 5-10% higher during hot new model introductions, as people shed their old device to get a new one).
  There is market research available with that info, but you have to pay big bucks for the reports.   That's how they pay for doing the grunt work of checking parts orders, factory output, customs office records, store sales, etc.     Articles that said that confused world sales with US infringed device numbers.  What the trial showed, was that US sales were a fraction of world sales at the time, and that percentage is even lower nowadays.     Even in the US, where there...
  However, it was below the independent consensus of 38.13 million.    Apple also noted that their overall inventory channel had increased by 1 million.  Take away that extra stuffing and sales were closer to the major analysts' estimates.   As for Samsung, next quarter's earnings report will give us better clues as to what's happening this quarter, same as with Apple.
See this recent post on the topic:   http://forums.appleinsider.com/t/157783/apples-iphone-sales-reportedly-up-400-in-india-thanks-to-aggressive-pricing-strategies/40#post_2336301
  Where's your evidence that it's "unconstitutional".    It seems more like current practices making a natural move into newer technology.   E.g. A tornado siren is not unconstitutional, even though you're forced to hear it.  In fact, that's the whole point.  Broadcasting that "siren" via cell phone towers is simply utilizing later technology, same as when commercial radio towers were used to broadcast a weather "siren" to weather radios.   However, I do agree that you...
  Nevertheless, Tim Cook does clearly care a lot about number of sales.   Witness the extra effort to in China and India, with trade-in programs and payment plans.   As for reducing the user experience, I don't think a plastic body alone would do that.  Past plastic iPhones were just fine.  (Fit the hand better, too.  Make a plastic one that's water and dust resistant, and I think it would be  a hit in many parts of the world.)     The iPad mini exists specifically to get...
  Price initially, and then more localization.   For the first couple of years, the iPhone barely sold in Japan.  It was only 3% of Softbank sales.   Then around 2010 they started offering it basically for free with a contract, and the consumer adoption rate took off.     Apple also made Japanese a priority with Siri, and that seemed to help.
It's like using a tornado siren, or reverse 911.   A primary reason to do it by cell in addition to radio stations or landlines, is that 1/3 of the country has no landline now.  And your privacy is actually better with mobile than reverse 911, because there's no need for anyone to know your cell phone number... it simply transmits to anyone using a cell in the alert area.   For example, after the Boston Bombings, the alert system was used to ask everyone to...
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