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Dare I say it, but I wonder if this apparent new push to get pros back would have happened with SJ in charge. We might be seeing a tangible benefit to Cook being CEO instead of Jobs. I for one will be thrilled if Apple makes good on its promises; also if they try and go after more than just graphics/video pros (though that's the obvious place to start). With Microsoft trying to force its mobile phone UI onto PCs and workstations, Apple has an opportunity to sell...
  I very much disagree. US policy decisions are made within a system of laws. Policy decisions that are inconsistent with the law definitely can be challenged in court. People do so all the time, and they don't find their families placed under arrest because of it. In China, the government is not constrained to follow laws in the same way.    Having said that, I realize that the distinction can sometimes seem nuanced and more a matter of degree than a matter of type. And...
I see a lot of commenters are perhaps not very familiar with cultural (and political) differences between the US and China.    Giving a little bit of benefit of doubt on the translation, I think that what Cook has done here is perfect.    Some things to consider:   1. China isn't Adobe. It's an authoritarian regime. You cannot win a direct confrontation with them, because the courts are a joke and even if they weren't, it's not like you actually have any...
Apple indirectly employs a lot of people in China. If the Chinese government is going to make it harder for Apple to sell products in China, some of those jobs are going to be lost.
  No, I have. I had an iPhone 4 for two years and now I have an iPhone 5. I also have an iPad 3.    Like I said -- it's utterly inconceivable to some people that everyone doesn't share their preferences, but that's the way it is. I think that's one reason why the iPad 2 is STILL BEING SOLD. 
  I submit that you're the one who is projecting your preferences on others. I'm not suggesting that retina displays should be done away with. I'm suggesting that a cheaper alternative should be offered for the large number of people who can't tell the difference. If I get my way, you'll still have a choice to buy retina products. If you get your way, I won't have a choice. I think that means you're the jerk. 
Economics 201   Diminishing Returns to Scale.   Example: Apple is operating at such a large scale that it can afford more diversification in the portfolio. There is currently considerably more variation in Mac models, despite far lower volumes. 
  Yeah, except that it would make a ton of sense to do a low cost iPhone without a retina display.    I know what I'm about to say is inconceivable to a vocal minority, but most people cannot perceive the difference between retina and non-retina displays unless they break out a magnifying glass. It's just silly for Apple to increase the cost of a product (both the cost for them to make it and the cost for people to buy it) over a feature that so few people are able to...
I think it might be more accurate to say that the carriers can greatly magnify/accelerate the rise and fall of a smartphone (or any phone). That is, Blackberry and Nokia didn't crash and burn because the carriers woke up one day and decided they just didn't like those guys. They crashed and burned because their products were not keeping up with the competition. The carriers can accelerate a decline (or rise) because of their large volume purchases. One other thought -- it...
Hmm... so here's my thought...    Apple can and should make it clear to these folks that you don't F with Apple. $100 million (or even $1 billion) is a rounding error for Apple, but if Apple were to spend that amount of money going after these people, these people would be done, regardless of who they are. 
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