MJ Web, I have to disagree with you as follows...
1. If Apple were a team player with Wall Street analysts, instead of having $150 billion in the bank, Apple would be carrying $150+ billion in debt. By being a team player with Wall Street as you write, the US government will not bail Apple out of its debt, but it will bail out the banks analysts work for like Bank of America, Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, etc. with the money US citizens have saved. This is done because the banks "are too big to fail". Apple, on the hand, is not. The analysts will continue to do EXACTLY what they are doing because they are allowed to do so by the US government.
2. I truly wish I could prove this, but I feel Wall Street sucked up bribe dollars from Apple's competitors to write history against Apple. The greed of Wall Street has been and continues to be documented. For some reason the greed is allowed to persist. With all of the corruption going on in Washington, DC, Wall Street will never be fully held accountable for its coordinated financial destruction of a great company.
3. When Apple changed its product release schedule of iPhone from Summer to Fall, Wall Street griped. When Apple released the New iPad six months after releasing the iPad 3, Apple was sued for planned obsolescence.
4. You claim you do not want Apple to dilute its brand, yet you want Apple to be a Wall Street team player by providing a special dividend and doing what Wall Street dictates it do.
5. You consider the iPhone 5C design mediocre in comparison to what? The Galaxy S4? Really? How about in comparison to iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS? How do you define mediocre? What SHOULD Apple have done to make the iPhone 5C better than it is? Please for the love of God do not respond with it should have been cheaper! Come up with something original instead of repeating the garbage Wall Street analysts have been proven false with in this article.
6. Nothing to disagree with here. I miss the pre-iOS 7 lock screen and the iBooks UI. And for me, Safari does crash every time I write a response on my iPhone and iPad when attempting to write a response on this Web site. Safari on my iMac seems to be okay. Other than those three quibbles, I am satisfied with iOS 7's user experience.
Your criticism of Apple out of your love for its products seems a farce. Anyone caring about the longevity of the company and its products would not say the company should have been a team player with Wall Street.
Wall Street analysts would have celebrated Apple's team player show until the checks were received. Then Wall Street would have turned against Apple and demanded more checks. Before you disagree, please remember how Wall Street wanted Apple to provide a dividend. When Apple complied, Wall Street analysts were happy until the first dividend was paid. Then the greed for even more money kicked in. When Apple added debt to its balance sheet as Wall Street analysts wanted, the analysts celebrated Apple. Soon after that, Wall Street turned against Apple even more vehemently than were already doing.
Apple was not the first company to implement a fingerprint sensor in a smartphone. Apple was THE first company to get a fingerprint sensor working consistently. Yes, some iPhone 5S customers are having problems with their fingerprint sensors, but unlike Motorola, I sincerely doubt Apple will stop improving the fingerprint sensor and using the fingerprint sensor across more of its devices.
Getting technology as right as possible BEFORE it ships is what Apple is all about. Getting technology is hard and it takes time. This may mean Apple will be considered a laggard to Wall Street analysts and people like you, but it shows Apple is working to solve real problems in an attempt to be right out the door.
I am looking forward to reading your reply! :-)))
Oh yeah, happy new year to you, too!!