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I think that latter statement is less about the cpu chip and more about the tradeoffs between lightness and toughness. As for your first point... I think everyone is missing a key point, but you are closest  Why does a Mac need to be x86?  It doesn't   It's nice to be x86 for those few people who want to run BootCamp or PC emulators. But ARM can emulate x86 (much like current Intel really emulates 486)... and with Apple's efficiencies in xMP computing (grand central) it...
DING!!!!   The new tech economy will swirl around mobile and cloud services to corp and individuals.  Nadella is driving MS that way, and being in Apple's Orbit.   Microsoft has realized that's how it got to number one... starting off in IBM's economic gravitation, and slingshotting to it's own galactic formation. It's a repeatable process.
I dunno.  I see the 5s migrating to 'free'[$400 unsubbed]  in the current form (cheaper than a new engineering run to get the touchID into a plastic case... for a 'free' phone), a 6'c' coming in (your mini) in plastic at $99 (an iPhone 6 in plastic), and then the 6s and 6s+  (I think they will drive performance parity for the 'tock' phase of upgrades). When you get to the iPhone 7, thats when all design bets are off. Back to the original premise. I do think the 6+ will...
definidefinitely.  And heaven help the stores that run out of stuff.   Getting an iPhone for $95 off is a great deal, but they want you in the store.  If I can get the same online, I'm getting it there (phones are lousy gifts, at least buying a month a head of time).
But... if they know we know that...  Won't they zag when we think they should zig?
People said I was improperly painting Tim Cook's Supply Chain Management Team as 'Stone Cold Company Killers'   Heck, I think I underestimated them.     Pegatron doesn't have to 'invent' something, all they have to do is provide the floorspace, the loading docks, and the skilled workers (who they have to pay an amazing wage with great benefits relative to most piece assembly work in China).  Apple will show them great upfront money (no risk), but the QA numbers will be...
and I'm still using a iPhone 4s (2011) and iPad 2 .    Granted both are at 8.1  And that is the issue...  Most Android users have no easy way to update their OS, and Google doesn't care.   And Apple sweats the fact to support a device software wise for at least 2 years (more like 4).  Google and the Android Cabal.... not so much.
I think you're wrong in that Google does drive some level of innovation and is less limited in how it can garner profit.    Google can compete with Apple on the SW/services side.  Samsung cannot.  And services (not the HW) is the end game.Part of Google's evil genius is that they are pushing the envelope in many directions.   Not happy with being their own CDN, Google is looking at pulling fiber to get household lockin.    Google can support all hardware, Samsung cannot....
 re: main article - those of us old enough to remember, harken back to the days when Excel on a Mac was better than Excel on a PC (primarily due to the underlying Windows/DOS conflagration).   Maybe Gates is saying 2015 will be "1985 all over again" It's only notable in that MS has fully embraced subscription licensing.  Supporting Android for free is like getting an AOL CD in the mail, low cost to deliver, and if 1% convert and pay for a full office 365 subscription, they...
and...  iWork is a distant last place for corporate markets.   MSO and Office365 are the smooth glide path transition for corporate subscription based services... I see this as the 'oh, you use MSO at work, here's a free iOS tool for home use, so you can BYOD, yet, not use your Corp Subscription to plink on stuff (then upload it to your work device and have the full suite of capabilities).  It's Microsoft being microsoft, something for free to get 2 subscriptions out of...
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