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ARM recent vulnerabilities (incl. Checkm8, Spectre and Meltdown) surfacing in past Apple silicon efforts, including the currently pervasive T2, are concerning indeed.Hope Apple is finally reacting to such Achilles’ heel in its Apple Silicon strategy. Which, if appropriately handled, could turn into a strategic advantage on competing mainstream silicon.
That's a potential cartel involving not only US carriers, but also EU carriers since 2010: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2010/11/embedded-sim-could-cause-carrier-conflict-for-apple/
The A12 will be the first microprocessor family to incorporate hardware-level patches to Meltdown & Spectre vulnerabilitiesThere is another major advantage for Apple in the TSMC-made A12: it will be the first family of processors, with various speed and internal L2 cache size depending on the final use, incorporating hardware-level patches to Meltdown & Spectre vulnerabilities and to Xerub full decryption key for Apple's Secure Enclave Processor (SEP) firmware.Therefore all the 2018 iPhones and all 2018 releases of A-chip based Apple devices, namely iPads, iPods touch, Apple TVs, HomePods, etc., if they deploy a version of the A12, will be the first in each field to incorporate hardware-level patches to Meltdown & Spectre vulnerabilities, therefore promising a much higher level of privacy and security then its competitors as a selling point.To the point of making Apple the first hardware provider in 2018 to pass the new security thresholds imposed by large organizations (incl. governments) when sourcing digital technology after the Meltdown & Spectre vulnerabilities exposures. But it's clear that Apple cannot emphasize this now or else it would jeopardize current sales.Such a step would be economically prohibitive for most low-profit smartphone makers which, btw, cannot make their own chips (except one or two) and cannot effort to deploy a truly current chip throughout all their models.Btw, when the iPhone SE was introduced in 2013, it included the same A9 processor of the top-of-the-line iPhone 6 just introduced. The inclusion of an A11 or, better still, an A12 in the forthcoming iPhone SE2 would be coherent to what Apple did in 2013.
The Barbato's filed for 3 SJ trademarks in 2012 after discovering that Apple apparently "forgot" to protect SJ name as a trademark! In the AI article it says that the decision in their favor was taken by an Italian court, but actually it's not an Italian court at all. It was the competent centralized EU trademarks office (Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market - OHIM, recently renamed EUIPO) that in 2014 rejected the opposition by Apple and issued the 3 SJ trademarks to the Barbato's. More recently the Barbato's accomplished the extension of the 3 trademarks' reach to the entire world. And that includes several products and services classes, practically entitling the Barbato's to potentially brand also their own "Steve Jobs" smartphone, or license such right to any company.