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Some of Apple's magic is very old stuff, particularly the reasonably seamless integration of hardware and software and the drive for simplicity. They've had that since 1984 but it's only in the last decade that it's been seen as something worth copying, perhaps because Apple moved out of the computing world into the appliance world. Because they moved their magic to a realm where it's better appreciated, and kept integration with the computers, they were able to grow...
The iPhone is not years ahead of the competition technologically. What puts Apple ahead of the competition (in profits) is everything Apple does, and it is still not 3-5 years ahead of the competition. The analyst claimed that the iPad Mini will contain technology that puts that far ahead. Name one technology you expect the iPad Mini to possess which is 3-5 years ahead of the rest of the world. A6? Nope. DIsplay? Nope. Camera? Nope. iOS? Nope (and it's the same iOS that's...
The KGI analyst's claims that Apple's iPad Mini technology will give it a 3-5 year lead on the competition seems to show a stunning ignorance of technology. When Steve Jobs made such claims, you could chalk it up to spin, but when an analyst makes such claims, you've got to wonder what he's been analyzing.
This datasheet for a readily available ambient sensor suggests that if one wanted to fit it in an iPod Touch, one could.   http://www.vishay.com/docs/81317/temt6200.pdf   And there's no reason to think that Apple is limited to using off-the-shelf components. A thinner sensor is possible.
It's not helpful to put so much effort into being wrong. The purple fringing on high contrast detail (the leaves) is indeed chromatic aberration. The close proximity of the fringe to the leaf edge is the result of the very small displacement of the focal length for various wavelengths of light passing through the optical train. You'll notice that the purple fringe around the sun is quite displaced from it, so the same mechanism is clearly not at work. That purple fringe...
Given the very fast US preorder sellout, and the much wider international rollout for the iPhone 5, I think the analyst's can be forgiven their expectation for better than a 25% opening weekend from last year. I'm not sure which conclusion to draw from this 5 million launch. If Apple's manufacturing target was 5M, that might be an admission of slowing growth. If Apple couldn't make more than 5M, those analysts who've been touting Mr. Cook's supply chain prowess may have...
Yesterday, we received three iPhones and all of them have surface finish flaws. Two of the phones have blemishes in the anodize near one of the antenna gaps. Analysis under a microscope reveals that the surface texture is intact, and that the anodize fades from black to clear, indicating a problem during the anodizing process. Two of the phones have scratches in the surface that penetrate the anodize, revealing the underlying raw aluminum and one of the phones has a...
There are eight pads on the connector. The connector body is ground, for a total of 9 connections. Power must be routed through at least one of the signal connections, so during charging, there may be less than eight "signals". As mentioned during the keynote, the Lightning interface is adaptive, so what's carried on each pin (power, USB, audio, etc) will depend on the situation.
Whatever interface this new connector supports now, it will be capable of supporting other interfaces in the future. The circuitry inside iOS devices is capable of recognizing and reconfiguring as needed, just as the iPod Shuffle headphone connector automatically switches between analog headphone signals and digital USB signals. So we might see USB 2.0 (or maybe 3.0) now and Thunderbolt in the future. As stated elsewhere, the interface is not currently the bottleneck,...
Current safety standards allow presentation of up to 42V on exposed contacts. This is approximately the detection threshold for dry skin. Nine volt batteries with exposed contacts are in routine use around the world. Their greatest danger to children is as a choking hazard. All usb ports and adapters are voltage and power limited, as required by safety regulations. The potential for "major problems" is quite low.   If the leaked images of the iPhone5 are accurate, it will...
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