1. Steve Jobs was a unique personality. Not every one can get away with being unapologetic. He could. I
2. During SJ's years at Apple, specifically the rise of iOS, Apple was at the top of the game and far, far ahead. That lead is no longer the case.
3. I am not a fan of skeumorphic UI. I think Ive over seeing UI for software is a Good Thing.
4. From CNET: "In fact, Forstall recently sent an email to some of the folks on Apple's iOS software team saying that the group "wasn't working on enough big ideas in mobile software," according to the WSJ. That's effectively saying that Forstall thought the company was struggling to compete, so it's no surprise that tensions were mounting." http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57542297-37/apples-scott-forstall-ousted-after-refusing-to-sign-apology-reports-say/
I completely agree with Forstall on this point.
Forstall's departure carries with it a trade off.
Thus, it's hard to say whether its a good thing or a bad thing.
Likewise, its hard to say whether Apple will continue to be innovative or not.
The future of Apple seems up in the air at this point.
I like the fact that Apple that didn't used to apologize (at least so directly, didn't compare products to competitors (so directly), and didn't bad mouth other products (explicitly).
I liked that Apple never responded to market pressure, but rather created new markets.
I enjoy my iPhone 5, iPad 3, and have not yet had a problem with Maps.