You went from talking about Apple not being interested in the audiophile market to Apple not being interested in summit-fi (a bit of a change of tack). I agree with the summit-fi assumption. But just remember that there are a lot of serious music lovers out there who may well class themselves as audiophiles that aren't interested in summit-fi either.
Personally I'll never look at an AK240 or HM8/9xx series simply because of the price. And you know how much I love my music . I'd love to only carry one device. Like I said - increase the storage and make high-res playback possible, and I'd think that they'll get considerably more sales.
I mean - go back a few years - the Classic 5.5 was considered an audiophile device/choice ........
well when I think "audio phile market" I assume it's Summit fit, as most of the Botique shops have... Summit Fi Gear as the TOTL, iBasso, Hifiman, Fiio [is getting one soon] A&K, the biggest botique guys have Summit DAPS,
And yea it kind was, I think 5 Years back the hm801 was still up there though :D