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@dasgeek, you made a technical gaff in the Apple ARM segment. It is Apple SILICON, not Apple SILICONE.

From Wikipedia:


Silicon is a chemical element with the symbol Si and atomic number 14. It is a hard, brittle crystalline solid with a blue-grey metallic lustre, and is a tetravalent metalloid and semiconductor. It is a member of group 14 in the periodic table: carbon is above it; and germanium, tin, and lead are below it. It is relatively unreactive. Because of its high chemical affinity for oxygen, it was not until 1823 that Jöns Jakob Berzelius was first able to prepare it and characterize it in pure form. Its oxides form a family of anions known as silicates. Its melting and boiling points of 1414 °C and 3265 °C respectively are the second-highest among all the metalloids and nonmetals, being only surpassed by boron. Silicon is the eighth most common element in the universe by mass, but very rarely occurs as the pure element in the Earth’s crust. It is most widely distributed in dusts, sands, planetoids, and planets as various forms of silicon dioxide (silica) or silicates. More than 90% of the Earth’s crust is composed of silicate minerals, making silicon the second most abundant element in the Earth’s crust (about 28% by mass) after oxygen.


A silicone or polysiloxane are polymers made up of siloxane (-R2Si-O-SiR2-, where R = organic group). They are typically colorless, oils or rubber-like substances. Silicones are used in sealants, adhesives, lubricants, medicine, cooking utensils, and thermal and electrical insulation. Some common forms include silicone oil, silicone grease, silicone rubber, silicone resin, and silicone caulk.[1][2]

For someone who prides himself on technical knowledge, it is kind of embarrassing to make this kind of mistake.

Maybe @dasgeek did that intentionally. Either that or @MichaelTunnell has new content for his how to pronounce section. :wink:

It gives the impression that the two words are interchangeable and they most definitely are not. That’s like claiming that “elephant” and "spaghetti’ are interchangeable.