I'm of the opinion that Apple doesn't need to saturate the market or fragment it
by releasing side-grades or holding out on key features for next year, this way
they'll have something "new" to release.
so far, that strategy has worked fine for them... whatever overpriced gear apple puts out, there will be hoardes of poseurs willing to camp out to be the first to have whatever, even if it's just a new color. i was reading an article about apple users, ipods in particular (talk about overpriced and under-performing) and that many who buy them merely want to make fashion statements.
i've always wanted to switch to the apple OS just to be rid of windows glitches and viruses, but a proper desktop has never fallen under $1200 that i've ever seen, where you could get a custom built PC compatible for half that. i'm thinking of switching to linux, especially now that windows' forced upgrades path (no different than apple's except apple owners are EAGER to upgrade maybe) has turned windows 8 into crapware of the lowest order that's no longer a "real" desktop OS, but a clunky tablet interface in the way of one.
i think i'll convert this old dinosaur into a linux web browser and eventually get a new custom PC and a "final version" of XP and updates to run multimedia software that's all compatible and run that system into the ground for 20 years the way PCs SHOULD work without the industry wide planned obsolescence few seem too concerned about, but that i've always hated. if i had my way, i'd still be using 98 and get my sound mixer back and all of my text documents XP "broke" to make me need word to still read.