Sources: Apple, Apple Store
quote: I agree. Apple do make some truly fantastic hardware
quote: While Apple reaps exceptional profit on its closed ecosystem, the problems with such a system is that they have to offer better alternatives (hardware/software) than the rest of the industry, which one company vs multitudes doesn't quite seem practical in the long term.
quote: Given Apple's reliance on fully licensed ARM cores in the past, the expected performance gains and unpublishable information that started all of this I concluded Apple's A6 SoC likely featured two ARM Cortex A15 cores.It turns out I was wrong. But pleasantly surprised.The A6 is the first Apple SoC to use its own ARMv7 based processor design. The CPU core(s) aren't based on a vanilla A9 or A15 design from ARM IP, but instead are something of Apple's own creation.
quote: The IEEE 1394 interface is a serial bus interface standard for high-speed communications and isochronous real-time data transfer. It was developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s by Apple, who called it FireWire. The last update, IEEE 1394c-2006, was published on June 8, 2007.
quote: they have a high level of quality control on things like display quality, chassis, build quality, physical interfaces, and SoC performance