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The royalty fees to ARM are trivial, so it's not worth buying them to get out of that. And ARM doesn't place restrictions on what you can do with their ISA -- Apple can make any design innovations they want, and they don't have to share them with anyone else. So buying ARM won't result in a better product from Apple. I suppose ARM has some smart people working for them, but Apple seems to have no trouble hiring smart people, so it's not clear they need to buy ARM just to...
I think the gender difference is interesting, but hard to interpret. My impression is that males are more likely to be early adopters of new technology than females. But longer term the females catch up IF the product proves worthwhile. Basically, the females take longer to convince that it's a good product, but if it is a good product, then they'll eventually buy it just as much as males do.    To account for that early adopter gender split phenomenon, it would be...
The camera is a tentpole feature of the iPhone right now. If Apple were to actually go to a dual camera system with the 6s (or some other means of substantially improving the camera), I would seriously consider doing something I've never done before -- buy a new iPhone two years in a row.    Eventually the camera in the iPhone is going to be so good that improvements will no longer be noticeable, and they'll have to move on to some other feature to add or improve. But...
More like 40" (if the idea is to keep the same PPI as the current 5k iMac), but that would be kinda nuts for an iMac.  Perhaps a 40" 8k monitor would make sense for a new Mac Pro that is capable of driving such a beast over a cable. Perhaps a new (late 2015) Mac Pro will be able to do that. That's pretty niche, though.  I just can't see Apple increasing the PPI very far beyond the current 5k iMac. Apple designs balanced products, they don't push one dimension of a product...
 Yeah, I think you're mostly right.  The better point (which is barely touched on in the article) is that Samsung didn't make the best design choices here. The screen resolution is too high, and a quad core (technically 8 core, but really quad core) CPU in a phone is kinda dumb. Samsung could have made a phone that is virtually identical to this one in terms of performance that a user can actually perceive, but has better battery life (and lower cost, or higher profit...
Nitpick --- I think it's more accurate to say they are making poor *design* choices. 
I suspect the capability of these devices to act as diagnostic tools will come first, and the permission to make the claim will come second. 
Engineer-types love nuclear because it's technically sophisticated and, if properly implemented, very appealing from a cost-benefit standpoint. But engineering types don't appreciate the importance of politics and economics in making nuclear work -- they don't know how to fit those variables into their equations, and so they just ignore those variables.  I am aware of only one country in the world that has really made nuclear power work safely, efficiently, and with strong...
Two unrelated thoughts:   1. Rain doesn't fall from heaven. All water is recycled, it's just a question of how the recycling occurs.    2. There may be no large company better positioned for the economic/environmental realities of the 21st century -- particularly in a place like China -- than Apple. I'm really curious to see how this plays out. Will it just be a PR advantage? Will it become a cost advantage? Or will there come a time when Apple is actually making money...
I think camera improvements (both in the camera itself and the SOC) could be the primary thing pushing the iPhone upgrade cycle for the next few years. For me, CPU/GPU has been good enough since the iPhone 5. I bought the 6+ primarily for the camera and the screen. Now I'd say the screen needs no more attention, but the camera could still be better. 
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