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Or any working parent of 3.  Because After 2, both arms are disabled, 
at night, in a remote cul de sac [security... I like to pre announce my arrival] with a kid in one arm and a bag of groceries in the other.... good for you. your interests define the market.... of one. Security/alarm companies will beg to differ.  And what has apple done in every market it's entered since the iPod.  It's disintermediated someoneout of the flow... making it more effective to the end consumer. I think the key item for home automation is 'effectiveness'  What...
There will be a need to constantly monitor and communicate state, and execute the realtime conditional logic..  my guess is another box needs to do that, especially for non IP devices.  The Apple end (TV or mac mini) is all about interface and database, and executing 'external' communications (email, tweets, sms, phone, web, other) , and querying the state engine, which is focused on operating the 'plant'
Door locks are easy, and if you're a sane person, they should be changed every time you move into a property, and every time a child/family member moves out (trust me on that;-). smart thermostats are now around $70 bucks.  That's all the HVAC you have to swap out. Lights... you swap out now every 2-7 years. Toss in a couple motion/occupancy(PIR) detectors, and there is a cost benefit to heating cooling lighting.    I'm saving 20-40 a month (I've got an old house that we...
The threshold of 'automation' is when you do or say one thing, and an orchestration of activities in your home is executed.  otherwise, you're just putting one thousand remotes in your pocket.    The interface is important, you're correct.  But having the logic of many things in one UI is better, and then 'learning' how you want your home is the next level (I program mine with python, using Indigo), and the next level is the 'cloud sourcing' of information (weather for...
Keeping them around?... I'm thinking they are using up the (contracted) pile they have.   The last 10M probably cost next to nothing to make, so they contracted for a bunch just in case there was a need [5c didn't hit the market well, plan to sell 4s's at a extremely discounted price to make up the difference wasn't needed, whatever], and they have 8M give or take left to get rid of. 
agreed, however this may be the '16gb' model for the next 15+ months.  the 32, 64 (and 128;-) will likely be an A7/M7 or higher chip and I'm guessing TouchID.   TouchID, Mx, and the ability to interact with wearables  (I can see a new shuffle design that has a skin contact, and/or a nano with a contact enabled case with limited [HR] monitoring) will be the key across the board capabilities of all low end iPods).
the hit will be shared.   I'm sure Walmart got more profit margin from a list price iPhone 5x than any phone before it.  the 5c was priced in a manner to allow retail pricing 'flexibility' from the get go.  Cutting their profits in half  is business as usual for them.  Again, it's the back to school  season.  Walmart wants families to come in to buy a $29 phone and the other $300 of stuff they could buy at Target,  Costco, etc, because in the parent's eyes, they are...
exactly...  But people who are 'looking to buy' are who Apple wants to lock into their ecosystem, and I think the differentiator next year will be TouchID everywhere.  Every product sold will be Touch ID enabled.  That's my prediction, with the exceptions of the Pad Air, and iPad Mini Rd.It's a requirement for secure transactions, financially and health info wise, therefore 'press to unlock' will be come the new 'swipe to unlock' motion.
Yeah, that Agency Pricing model was pure market evil compared to allowing Amazon to maintain Status Quo, wasn't it?
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