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.
Hopefully it's not that bad, but do understand your concerns, especially for the iOS cash cows in the very long term.
And I tend to agree, the innovation level is not that high. Fortunately the 'polish' level is still very high and keeps me in iOS. But...IMO... Android JB is near parity(sorry everyone).
Prior AI article not withstanding.... Lets see what the Feds and major companies do with phones. Say what you want, BB it is(or has been) still king in govt and major companies. And in my major aerospace company iOS is out. Lack of direct enterprise control killed it(have to go through iTunes... The IT and security guys hate it... Rightly or wrongly). Feds have essentially said the same. Sure there are unique use cases, but they will not allow mail or other sensitive info on iOS devices. Apple has/had? A perfect opening to shutout all other platforms if they released a pure enterprise version. Instead, looks like Feds/major companies will go with Android or see how Win8 mobile works out(unified Exchange server). At this point I'd take anything for a work phone other than BB junk I have now.
And while im ranting... Also IMO, iPad mini is over priced to nexus7 etc. yes the mini is better, but will average Joe Schmo think it is worth it compare to $250?... Time will tell.
BTW I have a MB retina... Wow what a machine, but $$$$.
I don't mind Apple being a premium brand, just don't believe they can keep the high market share as it is now. Competition inevitably catches up on the sweet spots of the market.
End of rant... Sorry.
Edited by boeyc15 - 10/29/12 at 10:18pm