No, that's not even suggestible.
I agree about that. That and hiring the guy are about the only missteps I've seen, but getting rid of him quickly and improving Maps quickly make up for it.
I don't see Apple ever helping anyone using Android. If HTC moves to only Windows Phone 8, well…
I think that's a bad idea as much as being defensive is. Go back to not even acknowledging your competition, Apple, except when they lie about your products in their advertising.