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  • Apple's recent software problems are bad, but shouldn't lead to knee-jerk personnel decisi...

    Terrible analogies here. 

    Apple's software quality has been noticeably on the decline for many years now. They're well still ahead of their main competition (Google and Microsoft), but this may or may not last. It seems to have gotten worse around the time that they started doing public betas - I'm wondering if in-house testing was scaled down in conjunction with that.
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  • Why you need AppleCare+ to protect your new iPhone X

    Ugh. Insurance addiction is insane.

    So, you're willing to bet $199 up-front in order to forgo the possibility of maybe having to pay $279 later - with the $29 service charge that's 82% of the full price. Unless you're 82% sure you're going to break a screen while owning the phone, it's a bad deal.

    Even if you are worried about the possibility of breaking your screen twice, insuring against that extremely unlikely occurrence at 46% of the cost is probably a bad bet for most people. 

    If you take the money you would ordinarily spend on extended warrantees and put it in a savings account instead, you would have to be spectacularly unlucky not to come out ahead. Heck, I've never even bothered to put cases on the iPhones in our household and we've come out massively ahead on that (if you bought crappy $20 cases we'd still be at a triple-digit-percentage advantage). Your mileage, clumsiness, and bad luck may vary.... but for most people, savings are better than insurance against anything that costs less than a few months salary.
  • Apple, TSMC reportedly ramping up 10nm chip mass production for use in future iPhones

    It's worth noting that almost all process geometry labels these days (7nm, 10nm, 14nm, etc.) are pure marketing hype. The "rationale" for this is that they've made other manufacturing improvements (better FinFet, etc.) that give them performance / efficiency increases that would traditionally be associated with a real shrink, but the actual shrinks are much less than what they are telling people. This means that while things are improving, die sizes are not actually getting nearly as much smaller as the process geometry labels suggest, and die size is one of the major driving factors of cost. So while things are clearly getting better, we're also going to pay disproportionally more for each new generation of improvement.