A round of "Apple is doomed!" opinions. If there's one positive sign, it's that executives took what they may believe is corrective action regarding Browett (grumblings from retail staff) and Forstall (iOS stumbles).
Regarding "barely upgraded iPad4", if you believe benchmark data, here is one of several sources showing it clearly outperforms the previous iPad:
The whole maps debacle seemed to be the beginning of the end of the "untouchable" Apple era... and the iPad mini and barely upgraded iPad4 just compounded that notion for me. Apple is going to have to learn to compete with its "equals".
Agree 100%. The mention of the ambitious plans for the semiconductor groups seems like an important foreshadowing. I, too, wonder if Apple has jumped the shark--the company has several beloved product lines, but Samsung and others are starting to eat Apple's lunch with tablets and smartphones that are significantly lower priced. The word on the street is that Forstall refused to apologize for the Maps application, and that that led to his downfall.
This is a big shake up given many saw Forstall as a potential successor to Cook and Jobs.
I can't help but wonder if Apple is at its peak and will not be able to sustain its torrid growth unless it changes its business model in some radical way, adopting a wide product portfolio.
And I am intrigued by the tease about the company's "ambitious semiconductor plans."