The question is more has Apple got too big, or rather with Steve Jobs no longer at the helm has it become a company run by accountants? One wonders if there is a lack of will to spend money on innovative research and an attitude that because we are Apple people will buy, which of course is the case today but will it continue?
The Apple Iphone 4S whilst it may be a really nice phone, good looking, smooth, fast, to the purists did not really have that normal magic extra item that they had come to expect from Apple, similarly the Iphone 5 has been a let down, ((maybe let down is too harsh, but certainly not what was hoped for) not so much in the build or quality, but more in the fact that people wanted that magic that would truly set them apart from the Android system. Yes of course the articles have come out stating that it is wonderful and it is miles ahead etc etc, but we all know that this is hype, although I am pretty sure that those that purchase it are not unhappy with what they have, but it is more the problems that are coming with it, which in the early days with Steve Jobs there would not have occurred, or if they did would have been fixed.
Apple Maps, Battery Drain, Purple Hew, WiFi problems, Siri still in Beta. So again I ask is it an arrogance that has built up because the company is so cash rich and assumes that fans will buy no matter what or something else, for example is it because it is far harder to develop something totally new, something magic, with so many companies competing and such strict Patent laws which are now being enforced, it becomes far harder to develop a totally new product.
Take Apple Maps for example, how much of what was created was copied from Google Maps, or Bing Maps, the same with Search Engines, how do you develop something totally new with so many search engines already available.
Here's another question, how long will it be before the European commission force Apple to accept other maps on their phone as they did with Microsoft and Internet Explorer stating that forcing one specific item to be preloaded is an unfair advantage?
I am also interested to know how come all the other phone manufacturers followed the requirement to use a standardized charging port, yet Apple can get away with developing their own one?