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Comment Re:There is a better Bluetooth audio option now: A (Score 1) 371

Grey markets exist for MFi chips - especially those Chinese units. Don't see the Kensington, Logitech, and other name-brand cables, do you? Just the Chinese knock-off units. Go check the Apple spec - it's not allowed. Doesn't mean you can't buy some grey market chips and build the cables, but Apple says you can't. My guess is you can't look it up because you don't have access to the MFi Developer network, and thus have to just go by your fanboidom for Apple, rather than the real facts about the Apple spec.

Comment Re:There is a better Bluetooth audio option now: A (Score 1) 371

Cool, go check out Apple Accessory Interface Specification revs 20-24 (that I know of, I think that includes the latest one but a new one is out pretty soon) and you'll see that it explicitly prohibits 3rd parties from doing USB-C to Lightning connectors. Apple will not allow a Lightning connector to anything other than a Micro USB Type B or full size Type A connector. Oh, and you have to follow that spec if you want to pass through Apple Certification Testing to get your Lightning chips. Doesn't surprise me that Apple bans others from doing it (via their specs and tests) and they do it themselves...

Oh, and BT certification testing is typically a 45-60 day effort. I've only done it a dozen times or so...

Comment Re:There is a better Bluetooth audio option now: A (Score 1) 371

Apple used Broadcom chips earlier, if they are doing their own - it's already in production (been taped out probably 3-4 months ago) well ahead of the spec release or approval. I would be very surprised if they did 5.0 support for the iPhone 7. Next generation? Sure - but then, everyone else will probably do the same thing as Broadcom, CSR, Qualcomm, Nordic will all have 5.0 chipsets out and in production.

And yes, OSX supports AptX which is why it is so frustrating doing headphones! With Apple, you have two different high-end CODECs to support. But then what do you expect from a company that released a USB-C only laptop and have a spec in-place (and stil there) that prohibits USB-C to Lightning cables - meaning you cannot make a cable that can directly plug your iOS device into their laptop (you must use a USB-C to Micro-USB, then a micro-USB to Lightning cable combination).

Comment Re:I-Beams (Score 3, Interesting) 200

Making a phone thicker adds minimal structural material. Only around the edges. More volume internally, but actual structural material increase is negligible. Stiffness of the phone increases with the cube of thickness, so a small increase in thickness = more volume = infinitesimal increase in structural material = massive increase in stiffness. And you can put more battery in that extra volume, too...

Going from an 8mm thick phone to a 10mm thick phone may increase structural materials by 5%, but you gain 73% more stiffness and 25% more internal volume.

Comment Re:Defective by Design (Score 1, Informative) 200

Samsung Pay is the most supported option out there, as it works with any mag stripe reader. Not just those with NFC in your network... I've never seen a place that will take ApplePay buy NOT Samsung Pay - and I've seen hundreds of places where Samsung Pay works and they do not have NFC so no Apple or Google Pay. If you want convenient payments, go for Samsung Pay - it will work everywhere you use Apple Pay now, and literally hundreds of thousands of places that Apple Pay will not.

Comment Re:There is a better Bluetooth audio option now: A (Score 1) 371

How can I be sure? I'm working on two Bluetooth headphones right now for major consumer electronics companies - and BT 5.0 chipsets are not yet ready for use, not until Q1/Q2 of next year - and that's for sampling. So it's not going to be in the next iPhone.

Comment Re:*The* Quickest, Not *Its* Quickest (Score 1) 171

Unless you want to carve corners - then the GT-R stomps the Tesla. And it's a great car for two people to travel - I loved taking one with my friend (who owns it) from LA to Redwood City and back. Made the PCH a fabulous road to drive. If I want a sedate drive, I'll get something a touch more comfortable and "forgo" that fast 0-60 (I'd be content with sub-6 second 0-60 times, personally). And be able to take the roads less traveled; Route 36 in Northern California is awesome on any sporty vehicle (140+ miles of twisties), but be forewarned - no charging stations along that road!

Comment Re:There is a better Bluetooth audio option now: A (Score 1) 371

BT 5 is still not released as a spec. Expect hardware to follow in Q1 or Q2 next year (meaning not the iPhone 7). And to the best of my knowledge it requires a different chipset as the bandwidth through the modem is 4 times as high. Existing BT sets won't support BT 5 protocols. So in this case - the iPhone 7 will be crippled on an older protocol, without any clean way - short of a dongle - to use literally billions of existing headphones.

Comment Re: *The* Quickest, Not *Its* Quickest (Score 2) 171

Production car means a car in production or PREVIOUSLY in production. That is what a production car is. A car that was mass-produced by a manufacturer for general sale to the public (meaning it meets all rules and regulations of the highway). Just because you cannot buy a Ford Ranger anymore doesn't mean they are not production vehicles. Likewise a Tesla Roadster, which is also no longer produced. It was a production vehicle.

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