You’d think that Apple CEO Tim Cook is the enemy based on some of the comments spewed forth in recent weeks from so-called tech and financial journalists,” Gene Steinberg writes for TechNightOwl. “I suppose part of it is that he’s a numbers and inventory person. He even has an M.B.A., which means he’s just a professional manager, right? Isn’t that what’s wrong with all those other companies?”

“Against this skeptical backdrop, Cook clearly has to work that much harder to prove his mettle. Every single product introduction so far has been viewed with disbelief,” Steinberg writes. “It wasn’t changed enough, it’s too expensive, Apple has lost its flair for innovation. Might as well give up on them now before it’s too late.”

MacDailyNews Take: Virtually every product Steve Jobs ever released was greeted with disbelief. Initially.

Steinberg writes, “The financial community ought to be looking not just at Apple’s quarterly sales figures, which will be released later this month, but at the product intros as they happen throughout 2013. Will it all just be iterative, as some suggest, or is there some more revolutionary gear in Apple’s test labs that will see the light of day in the months to come? Apple has confounded the critics before, and they are fully capable of doing again.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Tim Cook has a thankless task, but he deserves much credit for accepting the challenge and doing as well as he has while following an act the likes of which we’ll never see again.