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  • Watch: Up close with the 2016 MacBook Pro's 2nd-gen butterfly switch keyboard & huge Force Touch tr

    I have had the new laptop for a week now.  Like many here, I was not well disposed to the keyboard.

    But let me tell you, it is GREAT.  Best keyboard ever.  I am sure my speed and accuracy have improved !

    Still wish the sound were a little less, but as someone said above, that may be part of the tactile feedback necessary for true accuracy.  We will see.

    The keyboard is a sleeper.

    spheric
  • Shipping delays continue to dog Apple's 4" iPhone SE

    sacto joe said:
    Interesting. I just posted something about this on Braeburn Group.

    Here are the iPhone sales numbers since Q1 fy ‘11, with Q1 bolded.
    16,235
    18,647
    20,338
    17,073
    37,044
    35,064
    26,028
    26,910
    47,789
    37,603
    31,241
    33,797
    51,025
    43,719
    35,203
    39,272
    74,468
    61,170
    47,534
    48,050
    74,779
    51,193

    BIG jump (128%) when Apple moved the iPhone release date 3 months closer to the holidays in 2011 (Q1 fy '12). Then only a moderate jump in '13 (29%), and a smaller jump in '14 (7%). Q1 '13 and Q1 '14 were the 5 and 5s models respectively. Finally, another big jump in '14 with the 6 (47%) and flat in '15.

    IMHO, this, and Apple's lack of ability to match demand for the SE, reveals the "smoking gun" of what happened to production in '13 and '14; the 5 series was just flat harder to produce than the 4 series or the 6 series. My guess of the problem: The highly milled edges of the aluminum housing. As an ex-CNC machinist, I can guarantee you that you can't make those edges quickly.

    Note that the 6 series doesn't have milled edges, and hence is far easier to ramp up production on.

    BTW, I think the 5 series was one of the most beautiful iPhones ever produced. Just a shame that it's so hard to make....

    What a nice and thoughtful post.  Thanks !