A look back at how Apple has leveraged the expertise that came with the acquisitions of companies like Intrinsity and PA Semi. Chris Jenkins also makes a few educated guesses about the A8 SoC. Well worth a read if you love reading about silicon chips.
The iPhone comes with all the basics out of the box. And they are all perfectly serviceable.
Seriously. I could use the built in calendar for my scheduling and the notes app for the writing/capturing stuff. I don’t need Twitter or App.net. All of this extra stuff is “nice to have” not “need to have.” We would all do better to remember that.
I pretty much follow the same philosophy. I don’t install third-party apps just for the fun of it.
If I went back in time and gave my ten year old self an iPhone, I think his head would explode. We should appreciate how truly advanced things have become and try to recapture a least a little of that sense of joy in technology we all had as children.