“Taking shots at Apple isn’t exactly a new sport. It’s been popular since the dawn of Macintosh,” Ken Segall writes for Observatory. “Even Apple’s multiple revolutions wouldn’t change that attitude. iPod, iPhone, iPad, iWhatever. For those who disdain Apple, its success has always been easy to explain: It’s not about innovation or design. Apple takes its ideas from other companies. It succeeds through marketing hype. It’s all flash, little substance and hardly worth the price.”

“The detractors had to adapt when Apple became the most valuable technology company on earth. Fortunately, success makes a company even easier to loathe,” Segall writes. “Now Apple is just too big. It’s greedy and arrogant. It’s anti-freedom. And it’s still not worth the price. Clearly it’s doomed to failure.”

Segall writes, “For Apple stockholders, these types of claims have never been more than a harmless sideshow. However, one thing changed everything: the death of Steve Jobs… Without Steve as the driving force of Apple, people do react to the company differently. When they see an error, or weakness, or a competitor making inroads, they’re more receptive to the critics’ argument: without Steve, this isn’t the same Apple. I can’t say this is 100% wrong. Steve was unique. Irreplaceable. Things have to be different without him. However, ‘different’ isn’t quite the same as ‘doomed.'”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.