Sorry, but your post is complete bullshit. The original iPhone was competing with nothing. The original iPad- nothing. The original Macbook Air- nothing. There was nothing like it. They basically created the modern smartphone, tablet, and ultrabook markets, with new products where Apple wasn't defending themselves but entering new markets. Apple does their best work regardless of what anyone else is doing. They've never 'stagnated' because of something related to the competition. If anything, there's more competition now against them than there ever has been, so your logic is incredibly flawed. Oh, and Siri is 'useless' because you deem it so? Yeah, controlling a device in a handsfree manner by using natural language is entirely 'useless' I can't think of a single scenario where that might be actually useful. I've used Siri thousands of times in my car, etc, or for various tasks where it's much faster than any other method. Also, why don't you list some 'innovations' that Apple should implement, since you obviously have a ton in mind?
Wow. Talk about flawed logic. A computer company that struggled for many years to compete with Windows PCs invents new things and enters new markets because they aren't competing?! And they work in a vacuum where nothing anyone else is doing affects their designs? Sorry, can't wrap my head around that one. Jobs was an expert at twisting reality but you my friend are the master!
Also I never said Siri was useless. I said I found it painful to use when compared to an earlier product, Voice Control, and that Siri could have been done better. And my "innovation" was to have both features work in tandem to improve the voice recognition experience for the user.
Yeah, because under Jobs this never happened, right? I can think of like 20 situations off the top of my head where it did, most more eggregious than Siri. Stop trying to twist reality to fit your narrative that the boat is sinking because Jobs is gone. Jobs was alive for 4 generations of iPhones, and there was a TON of people bitching during that time about features artificially limited to newer devices. This didn't start after his death, but I'm sure you knew that. There's not a shred of evidence to suggest Siri would be on the iPad 2 or iPhone 4 if Jobs was alive. An objective, reasonable person would realize that Apple's decision making, philosophy, attitude, and obsession with detail and excellence has remained remarkably consistent.
Go ahead and list those 20 situations. I'm sure it'll be impractical things that most of the whiners complained about like no multi-tasking on their iPhone 3G. You know what, I hacked mine to enable it and it sucked. There's a difference between enforcing a practical limitation and enforcing one for marketing purposes and that is what I was getting at.
I never said the boat is sinking. Why are you saying that? All I said is that it's just on a different course. One that doesn't really appeal to me given the satisfaction I've previously had from Apple's products over the last 12 years.