Apparently not everyone. But what people think or believe about what goes on inside one of the world's most secretive companies is not likely to be close to reality.
Why would Apple, known for innovation, suddenly decide to stop researching and innovating? I can imagine a company without the means to pull the string would stop, but Apple has more financial resources than it needs, with which it can hire whatever human resources are necessary or desired (and evidence indicates they are doing exactly this). I can imagine a company would stop because it sees no benefits from further innovation. This is clearly not the case; there are innumerable directions in which computing and communication technology can advance.
What is in people's minds? That there has been three whole years since Apple's last major new market-creating product?
How many years ago did Samsung create any market-creating product?
Do people believe that Microsoft's xBox, a product that extended competition in the already well established game console market, was an innovation comparable to the iPad? I'd argue it wasn't, and if not, how long has it been since Microsoft created a new market?
Toshiba? Sony? LG? Lenovo?
Where are the ground-breakers to compare with Apple, to suggest that Apple is falling short of some other, greater standard bearer?
Google? Okay, search. That was ground-breaking. But how long ago was that, and Google still nets 90%+ of it's revenue/profit from that segment. Google Glass? Sorry, it's still a niche. If it ever goes mainstream, then Google will get the credit, but that's years away, so add those years to the years already passed since Search and Google will still have no record to match Apple's pace.
Edited by RadarTheKat - 8/9/13 at 10:32am