This is a real concern. Thankfully Apple management has expressed the desire not to let the iOS device market get away from them.
Originally Posted by s.metcalf
I think most of us can agree that Apple's biggest threat is complacency at this point. As soon as they start to feel invinceable and try to milk the consumer with mediocre upgrades too often that's when they might have a really rude awakening come to them.
Maybe, I haven't seen this of late with either the Mac or iOS device markets. I mean really look at the AIRs, and even the iMac if those are to your liking. Then we have iPhone which has been a hardware powerhouse since it came out.
I'm concerned that they're already becoming more complacent about consumers continuing to support every minor upgrade and that the pace and drive to innovate has slowed.
I don't follow what you are saying here.
Sure they've just released iOS 7 and announced a new Mac Pro but both of these only came after sustained and intense criticism for years that the previous offerings were dated and in need of a major overhaul and upgrade.
Most of those complaints came from largely ignorant people, at least with respect to iOS. IOS 7 puts a new face on iOS but it really did little to improve the apps themselves. For example notes app got zero improvements to its creation abilities on iOS devices. Seriously if you are jotting down a note it isn't that uncommon to want to create a list.
The case was so severe with the Mac Pro that many thought Apple had abandoned or wanted to kill its professional-class desktop, forcing Apple to announce a new model up to 6 months before shipping in an attempt to quash a mass exodus.
I'm not the only one totally perplexed by the handling of the Mac Pro. The lack of effort over the last 4-5 years is pathetic.
In the end Apple responded and responded well but it seems like they're only getting there eventually now whereas before they were always at the cutting edge. I remember the awe with which I beheld an iMac G4 with its screen that floated in the air, could be adjusted with a finger but stayed precisely where you wanted it. It was a thing of beauty and of technical brilliance and I can't help but think the latest displays have gone backwards in positioning at least anyway and just don't inspire the same awe that the original iMacs commanded. I do love the look of the Mac Pro but I doubt very much I can afford to upgrade for a while.
Apple is on the cutting edge where the sales are. The problem with the Mac Pro and Mac Pro users is the market for desktops collapsed, if it wasn't for Apples laptops we might not even have a Mac division. Does this excuse the apparent lack of interest in the Mac Pro - no but no company has unlimited resources and it is apparent that Apple prioritized other products.
The next things they'll probably respond to only just in time are a larger iPhone and retina screens across the entire lineup of desktop and portable computers and devices.
You are making an assumption that there is a huge market of those devices. As for retina it will ship when Apple can get the screens in the quantities needed to ship products in the volumes Apple ships.
The recently updated iMacs are a complete yawn and they're sure taking their time getting new iPads and MacBook Pros to market, not to mention this Mac Pro and a retina Cinema Display.
Really why all the whining? For one what did you really expect out if the iMac? They gave us a port for an SSD and frankly that is a massive improvement. Second; iPads will come when they are ready and frankly when they get the bugs out of iOS7 on iPads. As for Mac Book Pros you do understand that the gating factor here is technology from Intel.
I'm not sure why Apple not getting product out the door fast enough for you is such a factor for the rest of us. I wouldn't worry one bit about the MBP. I'm actually hoping they fix some of the design decisions that made the current one such a piece of crap. For example the MBP needs at least two slots for those PCI Express SSD slots. Oh and they need to pull their heads out of Ass and price the thing decently.