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Jesus El Christo... everytime somebody on the Asian continent says the word "iPhone 6", AI has to run a story about it. 
 Thanks -- interesting stuff!  Hopefully for HP's sake "The Machine" will be more like PA-RISC and less like Itanium. 
But was the problem HP's compilers not living up to expectations, or was it that Itanium was killed by lack of economy of scale? IIRC, Intel never fabbed Itanium on their latest process, new versions of Itanium were substantially delayed, and Itanium was incredibly expensive. Maybe all of those disadvantages were too much for a great compiler to overcome?  I really don't know the answer to that question. Maybe VLIW is a fatally flawed concept. I'm just not sure we've had a...
It sure sounds VLIW-ish to me, so it would appear that it's not dead yet. 
 My impression is that Denver is an evolution of VLIW -- that is, using the compiler to extract parallelism from the code and bundling those instructions together to be executed simultaneously. 
 Indeed... I would think that if VLIW were ever to succeed in the market, it would be in the context of a tightly integrated stack in which one company controls everything from the silicon up to software distribution. Yet Apple has not chosen to go VLIW, at least not yet. If Apple doesn't think it's a good idea, with their total control over compilers, language, OS, APIs, etc etc... it's a little hard to see how anyone else can make it work. 
"As of 2013, Ford had about 181,000 total employees, so the more than 9,000 iPhones the company plans to distribute won't put a huge dent in its workforce" I don't think that's a relevant comparison -- why would ford provide a smartphone to assembly line workers? The relevant number would be the total number of white collar employees.
This is a nice little experiment by apple to see how much sales volume they can get from price cuts. I wonder if the sales gain has been large enough for apple to consider the lower margins worthwhile....
I hadn't thought of the connection between Swift and IBM enterprise apps for iPad, but it seems pretty obvious now that it's pointed out :-)   If Apple can actually meet cook's goal of going from 20 percent enterprise penetration to 60 percent, that would be a pretty big deal. 
It's too difficult for me to assess the technical merits of the issues this guy is raising, and I doubt I'll be able to really assess Apple's reply either, if they make one.    So here's how I look at it:    1. Apple's profits come from selling iPhones to consumers, not from selling consumers' data to other people. This leads me to think Apple will tend to be better (not perfect, just better) about respecting and protecting customer privacy than Google. (Microsoft's...
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