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 Behind that smiling antebellum Auburn facade is a stone cold killer. If that story is true, Tim Cook is one B****d of a negotiator.  - We loan you ~$500M  for 2 years- Then you give us back the money in the form of discounts over 5 years on product you sell us out of our factory we built for you.- All product from said factory is the property of Apple, even if we choose not to buy it (you can't sell it to anyone else)- Oh, if you don't hit promised delivery requirements,...
I agree with your points, but I don't agree with your first point and your summary. My TL;DR:  Phones work because they are part of a synergistic system.SmartPhones work  because they are part of a synergistic ecosystem.  Once you get the 'phone part' working, it's all about the integrated experience.  Support, HW capabilities, HW/SW integration, InterSW integration, and cohesive UI, and most importantly, the the physical UX. Strange as it is, most people buy 'experience'...
So...Your profit margins are shrinking. What do you do?  Make a better phone?  no.  Make an Entry level phone for 'burgeoning' markets.  Sell more phones, cheaply, and hope volume will increase profits.Yeah, that works, until everyone else lowers the prices on their phones as well. Has anyone explained to Samsung that there are no winners in the race to the bottom?
I want it to be 'durable' enough to just barely blend.... >>>>>>Will it Blend?<<<<<(I have to say, that samsung battery almost didn't blend....) Still funny after all these years.
 I dunno, HP calculators were pretty personal;-)  and if you knew RPN, you were a young turk nerd in the 70s (slide rules and fortran were old school nerddom).they were not big wigs in the Mainframe market.  They weren't IBM nor were they BUNCH (Burroughs [Sperry]Univac(Unisys) NCR  CDC Honeywell). The made a decent minicomputer (HP3000), but it was by no means a 'mainframe'.   Their current Disk Storage was more DEC StorageWorks than anything, and VMS still lives on.   HP...
  your dremel cutting discs could scratch it.  That's something other than Diamonds (silicon carbide), which makes it _resistant_ to scratches from things other than diamonds, not impervious.   Scientists and Engineers _Never_ speak in absolutes. (yes, that's an oxymoronic sentence, as I am an engineer;-). The 'hardened material' has been explained already.
Authenticate to the Device... Again, why not proximity of an iPhone?  Instead of a Co-Processor, put an iBeacon in the macbookpro/air/mini/imac.  You walk up to the computer and your phone buzzes, 'ya wanna login to that sweet beastie doncha now?"  TouchID (something you have, something you are) and you're screen saver pops open. you guys all think like the computer is the center of the world.  Apple puts YOU at the center of the world.
Better perform better than a MBA!!!!
The issue with TouchID is the Secure Enclave.     For any 'desktop' it doesn't make sense (the useful spot is on the kb or the trackpad... but from a security delegation setup that would be a pain.  The simple solution for ApplePay on the desktop is a link from your computer to your phone/ipad.  Continuity. Yosemite/Safari hits the website's 'pay page' that asks for credit card. smart objects sees this and pops up the 'CC fill in' information but into the pop-up, shows a...
 Makes for a nice long weekend for those who put in 96 hour work day to get the presentation ready.   And with 1-3 weeks pre-announce for stuff like this, seems reasonable.  Heck they could say, "Available... Today online, tomorrow in the store"But my guess would be a 1-2 week announce (so they can hand out demos to the reviewers for release day fireworks).  Friday is about the only day you don't want  announce anything.
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