Mind blowing, industry disruptive invention is not going to stop. It's just that it doesn't happen rapidly and never has! Apple first built iPad prototypes internally and decided to take the technology to the iPhone and release it first. So in 2007 before the iPhone was announced there was an early iPad prototype. The iPad didn't get announced until 2010! So for three more years the iPad was refined and improved, while the iPhone was also improved. Only when Apple was satisfied enough with the iPad was it released to the public. The App Store wasn't announced until 2008. The MacPro hasn't changed much since 2010, but the new cylindrical MacPro was announced via sneak peak at WWDC 2013. I would bet money it's been in design for years! A new design starts after the last one shipped. There may be a bit of a break after a stressful launch but they always go right back to the drawing board when they return. One of the reasons the 2010 MacPro wasn't updated were Xeon delays at Intel. The Xeon E5 Ivy Bridge / E3 Haswell design hasn't really started shipping till now. The E5 Xeon is the processor of choice used in workstations and smaller servers. So the new MacPro cylindrical design will have dual E5 Xeon's with up to 12 cores (6 cores each).
Apple's pace hasn't changed, they have always been about releasing when it's ready and not before. The media forgets how long it took for these products to ship. I guess there was this long period of customer awe in between that's dissipated lately as new products are not as stunning. That doesn't mean there are not things in the R&D pipeline that will change the world! There has always been an attention to detail with Apple designs that exceed that of the rest of the industry. The secrecy is what drives articles like this. But it's also what allows Apple to compete. If they announce products early, the competition will have a "Me Too" product ready. Even though a "Me Too" doesn't come close, it will be cheaper and not as good but will still sell fairly well.
Apple is working on changing television as we know it. I have already built a home solution that far exceeds what the industry has available. However, it's extremely geeky and not ready for general consumer use. But I can watch the TV shows and movies I want, how I want, when I want, and where I want. I have complete freedom to beam it around the house from iPhone, iPad, and multiple TV's. I have a server that manages the content like a TiVo would but much much better. It's the media delivery mechanism and the content itself that has to adapt. Apple is no doubt struggling to get the media companies to play ball. Movies studios, TV networks, Sports distribution channels, etc. They all have to radically change the way they do business. It's not about Prime Time any more. I don't consume media on a schedule any more. I rarely watch live TV. I don't see commercials. I can pause a show in the living room and resume it in the bedroom or on an iPad (No, it's not AT&T Uverse either and it's not streamed from a data center). I can even have new shows transcoded and sync'd to the iPad so when I take a long train commute, I can watch my show on an iPad offline. Apple's competitors know they are working on TV and they are trying to produce new TV's that innovate. Samsung has voice and motion controls, Sony has PS4, Microsoft XBox One, etc. They all think they know what Apple is doing but I would bet they aren't even close. Apple cannot announce their new TV solution until they can get the content providers in line. They did it first with the music industry and they did it with the book industry now it's time to do it with the TV/Movie/Video industries.
Google is not a tech company, they are an advertising company that uses technology. Facebook is not a tech company, they are a social media advertising company that uses cheesy technology. Apple is not a technology company either but a design company that mixes technology and the liberal arts. HP, Samsung, etc., etc. these are electronics manufacturers who design and release technology to support operating systems written by others. So far, Apple is completely unique in the universe. They produce the OS, the hardware and use artistic design to tie it all together. They have taste and style. They actually make you smile and your face lights up when you use their products. It is exactly as they said in their latest advertisements, that is what they do and why they do it. It's all about the experience. In OS X you don't run into those weird situations like you do in Windows, etc. You don't have these thousand little annoyances that make you paranoid so you don't trust the computer. I haven't enjoyed computing so much since I switched to Mac. The last time I had this type of trust in the computer and operating system, it was the old Atari computers. I also don't have to tinker with the technology like I do with Unix/Linux systems. ( I do like to tinker but now I don't need to do it with my day to day regular computer ) The little annoyances can be explained when you take the old Apple dock connector and all the frustration experienced every time you plugged it in. You had to ensure the orientation was right as it only plugged in one way and once the silk screened icon wore off you couldn't tell if it was right side up or down. The lightning connector changes that, no more thinking just plug it in and it works every time. Granted, they didn't do that initially but they improved upon what had gone before. Developers love using Mac laptops because it's Unix under the hood. Everything that runs in Unix/Linux/BSD all works on the Mac plus they can interface with Windows, use MS Office (if they have to) and Adobe software, etc. USENIX is almost all Apple MacBook's nowadays where it was PC's running Linux, Solaris, etc. previously. That's because the Apple experience is so very good. These Unix Guru's use Apple MacBooks because it's the best darn Unix laptop you can get. All the work they do at the server level is not Apple at all, but a myriad of Unix technology.
Apple really is changing the world and for the better. No they are not perfect, no one is perfect but they do strive for a level of excellence that is very noticeable. All this talk about the new MacPro and expandability is BS. The Thunderbolt 2 and Ethernet provides the same speeds of internal SATA III to external drive chassis. There is no need to open the box and plug drives in any more. You can get very good NAS devices and in a professional environment, they have that. An animation studio, movie studio, etc. They don't need internal storage based on spinning rust. They can just copy a project to the internal PCIe Flash SSD and work on it then archive it back to the external storage. That storage could be a local Thunderbolt disk array, or a NAS/SAN. Will Apple produce a 4K Apple Display? I don't know, maybe. But the demo basically said you could drive 3 third party 4K displays. Pricing those 4K displays and about the cheapest is $3,700+ each! So Apple's out of the storage business, like they are out of the server business and maybe out of the external display business too. Internal displays (Retina) will remain. Honestly, they didn't sell that many Cinema / Thunderbolt displays. People have plenty of choice in the display market from affordable up-to ultra high end. Most of the pro's are not buying the Apple displays anyway.