Apple may have lost $1b by not keeping ARM.
But it have lost much more by not buying out all 3rd party multi-touch patents and ip before 2007 release of iPhone.
Without multi-touch Android would have been far from where it is now.
With a convex home button Apple won't be able to claim true 7.6mm thickness, otherwise they gonna put themselves in line with the rest of the manufacturerers who discount camera bump from overall thickness of their devices.
That would make perfect sense. So many more gestures would open up for both OS and app developers. Also, integrating the sensor into the Home button will make the road to a zero bezel way longer than I anticipated. :(
Exactly my thoughts. I've been patiently waiting for physical bezels and home button removed and replaced with a soft virtual bezel. Not gonna happen especially if the fingerprint sensor integrated with the home button (on iPhone first then ipad) and not with the multi touch screen.
Not surprising at all. My teenage kid is using my old iPhone 4 unlocked from AT&T and I just (pre)pay $30 per month for 5GB data, unlimited texting and 100 minutes of talk time. Compared that to the rest of the operators.
Every time I travel to Russia, my friends and relatives there ask me to bring them iPhone.
They can only buy one for $1k there while the unlocked iPhone is only $700 including tax in my local Apple store.