I have been an apple user and STRONG proponent since the 6400 days. Though, these days I am no longer a proponent, simply a happy user of the hardware I purchased previously. However, even this is changing, as with every update to the OS, more and more of the sky is being blocked out with the OS becoming more and more closed. This seems like a direct attack at the heart of *nix, which has been the poster-child of openness (Linux/BSD). Microsoft is already on life-support, but the family is selfish and unwilling to let go, and simply pull the plug. Apple seems to be racing with great zeal for the same fate.
The way apple has been making their system more and more closed (ever since they closed-sourced the OSX kernel), has been a steady decline into a place where apple will no longer be the "Alternative".
It seems they are terrified of the prospect of losing their main revenue stream: hardware. However, they changed their business model ever since the old iMac (colored) came out. Where they are no longer just hardware, they are a user experience. On the other hand, they still seem to be terrified of the prospect of a repeat of what happened in the early 90s when they opened their hardware to other non-apple producers and almost went out of business due to cheaper supply of apple hardware from non-apple producers. Sadly, they don't want to accept the new business model as being a solution to this problem. It seems as though they have one leg in the past and one racing for the future. If they don't be careful, this may rip their company apart.
Openness != lower profits. However, openness is the future, I think this is an established business reality at this point. Stop waging war on this, you will lose, and we the people WILL win in the end. So while you may win a few battles with release of some neat things (iPad), you will lose the war, because those you depend on most dearly will abandon you...and they are not the consumer, as you may think... this will begin with the fall of your King. Who has lost his path, perhaps even led astray by those advisors he trusts most. Because they know he is short on time. They know there will be strife. So they are trying to shut all the exits from the outside, so those inside will have no way out. The momentum in the wrong direction is so great at this point, that sadly, there is very little chance the company will be able to stear clear of the rocks ahead.
"Here lays the broken spirit of Apple - April 1, 1976 - January 27, 201X"