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    It happens.  price of progress.   But we are in a world today that you can't expect every possible integration to be supported for ever.    This is the anchor that Windows XP caused.   All of a sudden it's 'lowest common denominator' vs 'greatest common factor.' Remember, developers aren't writing for a series of OSes anymore... They are writing for multiple platforms (iOS, OSX, Windows, Android[in 20 different makes and models!], WinPhone, HTML5, etc.)    To backwards...
 unlikely.   My Theory This is a blocking position to start getting Mac users 'back' to the Office Fold.  MS is pivoting to be the 'best personal management software company on any platform', away from 'you need to buy Windows 8 to have the best experience with MS Office/365.' MS wants to be your SOHO cloud platform.  If any business has a privacy concern, they will steer clear of it.   It's a differentiator from Google, and a major selling point to current MS Office suite...
The grey market is/was huge.   Scarcity in and of itself drives the bling aspect of the iPhone.
The argument comes from the OS wars, cola wars, etc.   Simple for analysts to grasp. OSes effectively were networks, and Metcalf's Law says the value of the network squared when the number of users doubled, and arguably will attract the best developers, who will write the best apps who will attract more customers, etc.    Hence, if there is someone, anyone who gains 50% marketshare and is rising, (Windows 95), all the rest are doomed. I think today Gruber at...
Ththose that giveth, taketh away
 Or it was their greatest accomplishment.   They basically broke the mold  of carrier-handset support Today... - you get your updates directly from Apple...  my iPhone 4s got iOS7.1... how many carrier managed 2.5 year old android phones got 4.4 delivered to them? - The carrier does not control the content or function of the phone at anypoint.      - VM, Email, Text were Apple apps- Apple sets the price across all carriers. These were nonexistent in 2006 for carriers AND...
Simple math assuming the average 100GB purchaser _uses_ 10GB (and median user is 2GB...pretty much what I see in my disk management Life). And retail for 4TB internal drives is ~$150. Google's price is wholesale.... your price is off by a factor of 3+. Figuring in 4TB RAID 5 and a Mirror... and likely a decent amount of compression to balance any anomalous usage spikes Let's say you want to service a BILLION users.That's 10GB per user  RAIDED/Mirrored out at 24GB.24GB*1B...
"keep your friends close, but your enemies closer" Contrary to many, Amazon is Apple's real competitor.    Many people may hate Samsung, but they are a distant 4th place.  It's all down to 'owning' the sales channel to the consumer.   Amazon Prime vs AppleID.  Kindle vs iOS. Amazon is taking the low [no] margin big box warehouse store route... Apple is taking the curated Nieman Marcus catalog approach...  Both working towards frictionless purchacing.  And they are working...
I really do think they loss led this for a while.  Looking at online pricing, it was hard to beat their pricing and shipping if you factored in the convenience of getting it in 2 days.  I figured that almost every shipment (i have 3 subscriptions a month, and spot buy a lot of things), is worth the $11 a month in convenience fees.   I often won't go to Target, Home Depot, or even Albertsons and instead just have amazon ship it to me.   But now at an extra $3 a month...
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