If I could buy you flowers, I so would. Everything you've said is pitch perfect about Apple. Almost worryingly perfect. :flower:
Steve Jobs was a ruthless control freak that wanted things to go his way or not at all - and although there is no denying that Apple make some good looking products, consumers are slightly distancing themselves away from the kool aid and realising that their infatuation and brand loyalism for the elite is little more than a slickly designed, sub-par PC with an stupidly designed and unworkable interface, where Apple tells you what to do with your PC.
At least Microsoft gives you the freedom to install on any hardware you want - and make no mistake Windows 7 is a vastly superior operating system than what Mac OSX puts out. Simple, sleek, minimalist... And most of all, it works, and doesn't get in the way.
There's a reason why Macs have got less than 6% market share - They're extortionately overpriced, and despite what Apple may tell you, they're not cheap to repair. My Windoze box can run rings around anything Apple can give - and so far Apple has actually failed to impress me with anything I will actually find useful.
Retina scan, anyone?
Apple are a marketing company that stratergise and deliver products at the right time for the consumer. That was undeniable. They influence and lead markets - but that's where their "innovation" ends. How many phone manufacturers jumped on the touch screen bandwagon, when the iPhone was introduced in 2007?
Why is there now an influx of Android tablets now that Apple have released their iPad in 2010? Why have Microsoft joined in with their bastardised failure attempt at a tablet - the Surface - when Microsoft designed the tablet in 2001 / running Windows XP?
All Apple have done is manipulate people into thinking their products are innovative and cutting edge - and with the lukewarm reception on the iPhone 5 and the iPad Mini - It seems the infatuation towards useless by-products are drawing to a close - When the Google Nexus completely urinates all over the iPad. Just like the Samsung Galaxy S3 completely blitzes the iPhone 5.