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Privacy comes at a price. More specifically the cost of the Apple premium. And that's a price that only a select chunk of the population can afford. That's reality. I supposed one could argue that a user could buy an older generation device and accept a sub-par experience if they really value privacy. But if the shoe were on the other foot, how many people here would really fall for that? There's a reason, paid-for email services aren't popular. There's a reason,...
Can't wait. Desperately trying to hold off on picking up an iP6 now...
Comments on AI are hilarious. Nest was all awesome (being founded by an ex-Apple VP and all that....) until Google snapped them up. Now they're evil? Why? Is my thermostat suddenly spying on me? Laughable. I still like think their products are great. Looking forward to installing a few Nest Protects. Would have been nice if Apple had bought them, but them's the breaks.....
 He's gained plenty. Namely protection. He wouldn't be able to hide out in Russia if he didn't have valuable information to keep divulging occassionally.
The problem with Snowden, isn't his whistleblowing revelations that the American government was spying on Americans. It's the fact that he stole thousands and thousands of highly classified files, that had nothing to do with intelligence gathering on American citizens, and then shopped them around the world. He's only slightly more moral than Kim Philby. It's mind boggling how many sources he's put at risk and how many intelligence operations he's compromised. Someday,...
He remarked that "a much bigger hammer" should fall on Apple if Cook reverses policies, since it would be a "betrayal of trust" and past promises. LOL. I expect Apple to keep its promises because it's in Apple's marketing and commercial interest to do so. But if it ever breaks them, no "hammer" will fall on Apple. Instead, legions of keyboard warriors will defend Apple's new stance. This has been proven over, and over, and over again. Big screens were cumbersome. ...
Please cite the line in my post where I said $1 billion in revenue.Based on the size and number of furnaces and the sheer square footage of the plant (in comparison to other plants), the production potential seems to be well beyond what's needed for the watch and the current iPhone lines.Just do the math and work out how much sapphire 200 million phones and 20 million watches would consume. They would never have needed Mesa. Salem alone would have been enough.
The factory that's being built is far too big to just pump out watch screens, camera covers, touch ID buttons and watch sensor covers.  So there's definitely something cooking.  What that is going to be, is anybody's guess.   It could end up simply being the 6S or the 7 and Apple wanted to test the processes by smaller volume  production.  Apple would also need time to build the phone case around a sapphire cover screen to reinforce it.
To be fair, Apple doubled the world's production of sapphire with the Mesa plant. Why that much capacity for just buttons and watch covers? I believe Apple was only using something like $17 million worth of sapphire from Rubicon prior to GTAT firing up. Even if we assume that Apple needs $50 million worth of sapphire for the iPhone line and the Watch, it makes no sense to invest hundreds of millions the Mesa plant and loan $578 million which they may not get back if...
Beautiful watch.  Still skeptical about the market for it though.   We're talking about spending at least $350 on what is essentially an iPhone accessory.  And it's one more device to charge and manage.   And you're still stuck with using the phone for quite a few things.   I think it's possible that iCar (iOS in the car) could be more popular than Apple Watch. The use case for iCar is a whole lot better.
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