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You are having difficulty, aren't you?
The $1999 price is an error. The MD101LL/A sells for $1199 at Apple.
  Fingerprint/Faceprint systems do not store images of your finger/face. They store a small set of "vectors" extracted from the image by the recognition algorithms, which are then encrypted. Even if you decrypted the vectors, you would not be able to recreate the original finger/face image. In addition, the "feature space" of a finger/faceprint is much larger than that of a typical password (which might be only six characters long, consisting of only letters and numbers...
Not true. Whatever angle the box's bevel is, inverting the box inverts the angle and the boxes stack perfectly.
According to Balmer, "We're creating products at the seam between hardware and software". Also according to Balmer, "What we say now is there is no boundary between hardware and software." I keep hearing that Balmer is very bright, but apparently not bright enough to think before he speaks in public.
This makes sense. Microsoft, Sony, Ericson and RIMM don't want Samsung-Android steamrolling through the mobile market, so they let Apple purchase the most useful patents for their existing fight, while taking a license for them. They retain the defensive value of the portfolio while allowing Apple to go after Samsung.
I believe you mistyped your claim that ARM doesn't run iOS.   There have been numerous rumors of MacBook Air chassis running OS X on ARM. It would be hard to believe that Apple was running parallel PowerPC/X86 development of OS X, then forked OS X to ARM for iOS, but did not pursue full OS X on ARM. That would be a lot less work than the parallel PowerPC/X86 projects.   And here's another interesting angle on...
I'd read that Apple has an architectural license, but wasn't sure about an instruction set license. The latter would be ideal, as the license cost is lower and Apple seems to have the talent to design from scratch. This would decouple Apple from ARM's development timeline.
I think it would be good news for both. If Apple is able to improve performance at the same price and/or reduce price at the same performance while maintaining margin, everybody benefits, except the middleman who's been cut out.
They already did field a chip that was much larger than the competition. Analysts were surprised by the large die size of the A5, and reasoned (correctly) that Apple could afford the extra silicon because they'd dispensed with the margins of a Qualcomm or NVIDIA.
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