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It's an interesting question, and you have a lot more experience with the variables than most, especially me. I just go by a sort of geometric preference about proportion, maybe the same way the Golden Section operates on all of us, maybe the same way the Apple designers decide these things as well.Different form factors tolerate or ask for different aspect ratios. The iPhone 5/5S is barely acceptable to my sense of proportion. Tablets in 16:9 have always felt alienating...
Thanks for these calculations. Sorry I can't participate beyond the easy speculation that of course that's where we're headed, it likely won't be an ungainly 16:9, and it may or even should happen on the first iteration. I'm just going on instinct, now that we have the first larger oxide display in the iMac.
Mistakes? I just think that's much less likely in the era of Tim Cook, Jeff Williams, and the crew they must have around them that can handle the kind of mental machinery they bring to bear on cost analysis. My default position is that they know what they're doing when it comes to technology and the business, until i'm shown otherwise.If sales slip in favor of cheaper options, so be it. Apple's response is to raise the level of desirability and usability, not lower prices....
The Mini still awaits an oxide-backed screen, i..e., IGZO, which will go far to address cooling issues. I think the lack of this one critical display element is the reason the Mini Retina has seemed so half-baked from the beginning. We shall see when the new one comes out.As to your point about the resolution on the big iPad, the only authority (!) i've seen weigh in is Tallest Skil, who hopes it will be 4K. Me too. That would be one nice piece of glass to hold in your...
I was with you till the last sentence. The term should be something like "strategically amassing"—instead of "hoarding"—their cash. I'm sure you would agree that they have mapped out some massive strategies for using that cash. They may be real plans or contingency scenarios, but they are plans to spend, not cravenly sequester, i.e., hoard.Anyway, your point is valid. Don't mess with your margins. We can assume they've set the Mini price where it is for a good reason. It...
"Revolutionary display tech" is your hare-brained term. I only pointed out—repeatedly—that Apple had to wait for LTPS or IGZO production capacity to expand from suppliers, since at the time Apple was already using 70% of world capacity of LTPS, and IGZO was still under development entirely. I also said they would likely raise pixel density at the same time, which they ended up doing only for the Plus. Both use LTPS, which we've since learned is the only choice for screens...
Sorry, that was stainless steel, not chrome. The point remains that it would get scratched no matter you did. Dust inside the case would scratch it.
Thank you for answering Rogifan in a more patient way than I would have done. Besides the processor and OS evolution you mention, there is also the critical shrinkage and smoothing of the package.The engineering effort to achieve the feel of the two 6 models in the hand are totally unappreciated, or under-reported. How much thickness was shaved from the main component board assembly and its packing with the battery and other elements, for example? The rounded edges on the...
Listen, smart guy, there were plenty of us who listened to Tim Cook two or so years ago saying that they weren't ruling out larger screens, but they weren't going to bring one out until they could make one the Apple way. Some of us never said a word in defense of 4-inch supremacy. But we had to say a lot in defense of Tim Cook's doctrine of waiting for the technology.Turned out he was being absolutely truthful (but appropriately cagey), except we didn't get a larger...
Yes it is a bee line, but make sure you don't try to toe it.
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