It's quite obvious to anyone not living in a bubble or affected by the reality distortion field exactly what has happened here.
When Steve took his big ol temper tantrum and threatened to "go thermonuclear" on Android, it set actions in motion to eliminate Google as a partner. Even though Maps clearly isn't ready for PrimeTime, Apple shipped it anyway because it's more important for them to them to hurt Google than it is to help customers.
It's bullshit that Apple deliberately crippled iOS6 for iPhone 4 users. We don't receive features like turn-by-turn directions, panoramic photos, FaceTime over cellular, etc even though the hardware is more than capable of running them. How do I know this? Because there are a TON of apps that perform these exact features. iOS users can no longer make fun of Android fragmentation. iOS is equally as fragmented. Version numbers have nothing to do with it.
And let's not forget the jerkoff they hired to run retail. The first thing he did was fire people... in a bad economy... when Apple Retail is making more money per square foot than anyone else.
I do not like where the company has been headed lately. They're the richest company in the world and instead of spending more money on R&D (4% compared to 12% at MS and GOOG) and innovating, they're taking advantage of an obsolete patent system by bullying and litigating. You know who used to do that? Microsoft. You know who else? The "Big Brother" character in Apple's 1984 commercial. As a result, Android has more market share and features while Windows Phone has a better GUI.
iPhone has become stagnant. And Apple has become fat and happy.
So this Xmas I'm switching to Windows Phone. They have the best GUI and since Microsoft is in third place, they're going to fight the hardest for my business...which means the platform is only going to get better.
In the end, it's all about who has the best ecosystem. With Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, XBOX, SkyDrive, and MyFord Touch, Microsoft has all the bases covered--except for a decent watch.
Edited by Waverunnr - 9/20/12 at 9:48pm