I'm not even sure why I'm posting this. I guess I'd like to find some like-minded people on here. People have have been Apple fans for years who are feeling a bit jaded. I think the core of the problem starts with services, which is why I'm posting in this forum. I highly doubt that any one thing will bring down Apple. But if I had to guess, it would be services. I'm talking long-term here. Everybody knows Google is good at services. What most people overlook is how good Microsoft is becoming at services. I hear nothing but good things about their Azure platform (which has begun powering many iOS app backends since iCloud is so glitchy), and they seem to be expanding at a rapid pace into new areas of technology related to services. Satya Nadella even said he envisions Windows as a service. Not sure if that's going to work, but I feel like from the context they're starting with an Apple-like continuity approach using Skype and One Drive. I don't think that in 10 years Apple will be obsolete. I do, however, worry that their role in the technology industry will be somewhat or significantly diminished because they can't keep up with services. Lately I feel like they're starting to right the ship. Siri speed improvements are a prime example. But it's not yet enough. As many have said, Google and Microsoft are getting better at design faster than Apple is getting better at services. And as many Apple bloggers have lately been pointing out, it feels like each recent Apple software release is buggier than the last. Apple needs to take a year off of grinding out feature-laden software updates and shore up what they have. Focus everyone on services and bug fixing. Optimize and streamline everything from top to bottom. Heck, they could even take two years. I just want the stability back. I like the redesigned look of Yosemite and iOS 7+, I just miss the stability of Snow Leopard and iOS 6. It's not that services haven't gotten better. It's just that they're not getting better fast enoughand each new feature comes riddled with bugs. Combined with a gradual decline in quality of hardware components and reliability of software, and that spells trouble. Hardware design is still pretty fantastic. Maybe I'm just extremely unlucky with my purchases the last few years. The one bright spot for me has been the iPad Air 2. But even that isn't compatible with many bluetooth drawing pens, which is frustrating for me personally as I bought Adobe's Ink this summer for sketching and Apple never mentioned there would be problems with the new touch technology.