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I think this is  a blatant issue that the Chinese can't crack Apple's encryption therefore the PRC CAN'T track these iPhone users... If the PRC can't do it, you think they'll let anyone else do it? As for turning off an iPhone from all outside access...  A Faraday cage that disables all emissions/transmissions including 2.4ghz (5+ layers of aluminum foil  with a dielectric separating them from the phone, outer wrapped in dielectric, then an steel/aluminium can around that)...
on your latter point, the more mobile a item is, the more durable it has to be.   Watches in the early 1900's were massed produced for the first time (industrial revolution, vs guild craft), and you protected them ('kept them close to your vest').  You paid handsomely for a Rolex Clamshell that was water resistant to 3 Atmospheres.  It wasn't until Timex made durability a marketing phrase ("it takes a licking, and keeps on ticking") did durability become commoditized.  ...
I think the difference was being in control of one's content... That's really what the 'i' revolution was all about... The Personal computer was about having 'your own' computer.  MP3's were the first vestiges of portable 'mobile'  (I can 'program' a playlist) content.    Just like dumb phones existed before smartphones, watches existed before wearables.  And watches had one duty... to keep one in sync with the world.  When that was solve, then it became a fashion piece,...
indeed. How many businesses can spin up (as an begrudgingly conceived afterthought) and develop into a multi-billion dollar revenue stream in 6 years.    Only a Doomed company can fail so badly at failing... This is like Viagra or Post-It Notes...  Long term success built upon a failed idea/plan.
 sort of like pushing a button and 'Siri, find me a good chinese restaurant'?   no  really, those machines that take a repetitive and low tolerance for variance task and complete it faster and more accurately.  We pay professional athletes MILLIONS of dollars, and using basketball as a measure, the most highly trained can only achieve 90% accuracy when putting a 9" diameter ball into an 18" diameter hole from a fixed height and distance. (we're not talking Dwight Howard...
Read:  The iPhone 5 inventory needs to be reduced, as supply exceeds projected demand. Apple doesn't even sell the 5.  This is just it's AppleCare/Repair Depot inventory. My guess this time next year, if you bring in a 5 for repair under warranty, you'll get a 5s. It sort of begs the question of what will be retained as the low end iPhone in September/October..   5s (all phones sold will be TouchID), or 5c (lower cost/high margin). At this point, I think buying a device...
It may be a problem he's socially attuned to ,or just that he's moved too high in Apple to enjoy his work, and he's realized the peter principle is affecting his life.   I've managed 20 people and hated it.   I like leading a team of 8 or less.  In most companies, 40+ people is a director, and they spend 90% of your time either meeting or managing, and 10% in 'thinking.'   If you like problem solving, the problems are different when it's management vs engineering. As for...
Last point.  And they maintain their former flagships longer, better. (see my last point below... DisneyLand is still a valuable property in the Disney portfolio, even though they have newer parks all over the world. 1st point: Once the market is saturated, you can't play both ends of the spectrum and satisfy the market. low end sales only work to 'enter' a market, not 'retain' one.  'Value' Retains.   Analysts think the last big thing is the next big thing.   Cheap cars...
bzzt, wrong answer, try again. Apple invented the 3.5" computer that had a wireless phone app.  But phones with touch screens, browsers and apps existed much earlier. What Apple really invented was making the end-user the smartphone customer, not the carrier.  That was and is the innovation that has them differentiated from everyone else.
that 2nd half is telling.  Differentiation.   Other than size and Blackberry, can you look quickly and say... that one is NOT an iPhone. What differentiates a smartphone today.  _Being_ Smart.   for you. Samsung's numbers (and the resultant stock price increase today says this) have pretty much been in the know for 3 months.   There are diminishing returns in hitting niches in visible capabilities.  Spec Wars.  Larger, faster, more ram, more ports, more G's (What my wife...
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