Has Apple not proved to everyone that design/production/control of their hardware and design/production/control of their software is the recipe for a gratifying user experience and thereby company success?
Yes, competition is good...have at it, Google, Symbian, MS, etc., but don't vilify Apple for a proven modus operandi.
If Apple were a company to rest on its laurels we would still be using OS9, the iPod Classic, the original Shuffle, the first gen iPhone and a "plastic" white laptop.
I'm not one to belly ache about what Apple is not doing. I have great confidence the Apple PHD's will continue to improve their product offerings and stay well ahead of the competition.
Apple, generally and Steve Jobs specifically, have been able to corral the nerds/engineers into providing tech that actually works and is a pleasure to work on! Unlike MS, HP, Dell, Nokia, Symbian, Sony, LG, Motorola, Gateway, etc., etc., which is a nightmare to work on compared to the Apple products.