It seems that Sculley feels he has finally developed an Apple related business acumen, personally I feel once again he is getting involved in a vision in which he does not understand. You simply either believe in Apples ecosystem and direction or you do not, it cannot be compared with other platforms.
A few posts comment on how they are surprised at Samsungs penetration of the European market with the Galaxy range of products, I actually work in the channel and the Galaxy range moves at amazing volumes with little support from the manufacturer. While the products are of higher quality than we have seen in the past I feel they are still lacking in comparison to Apple products which I see as intentional as they have established their market after earlier generations which had the appearance of certain products we all know and love! they can now move in their own direction with regards to design.
What I find amazing is that people seem to like using Android! it is the least user friendly OS I have ever used on a device, downloading childrens game Apps usually results in a virus, a product you were not expecting such as a completely different game or the apps are of low quality. Maybe developers take more care in the design of their apps for IOS than other platforms coupled with Apples usually stringent approval processes users rarely have any troubles.
When asking friends and colleagues why they choose Android based devices over IOS the general consensus is not with regards to cost in most cases but is to do with the 'open' nature of the platform over IOS. Mac sales in the UK are much smaller % wise than in the US which I feel hinders peoples understanding of how great a home/small office can be when using apple products in an ecosystem, many people only use IOS which is a massive part of apples business but is only part of the story. I wonder if keeping IOS as a premium product and maybe consider making concessions on price/design in the imac arena would allow a greater growth opportunity in the iphone arena, this allows for macbooks to stay at a premium but would assist growth in the declining desktop market. My new 21.5" imac is amazing to look at and is a clear design revelation however specification wise is very run of the mill considering the cost, ofcourse being a true apple user I pay the price but many will not so maybe it is time for Apple to see the product out in a slightly different way?