re: Apple iPhone Anticipation Grows
You raise a number of insightful points, not the least of which is Apple's increasingly acrimonious relationship with Asian tech companies.
However, I feel the "how badly the company has been ripping them off" bit is hyperbole, especially if the conversation includes not only mobile devices but also computers. Anecdotal evidence only counts for so much, but I've used a lot of OS X machines and a lot of Windows machines, and almost invariably, the OS X machines have provided a better experience, especially over the long run. My household currently includes a one-year-old Windows 7 laptop that's well-specced with a third-generation Core i7 processor, lots of RAM, etc. My household is also home to, among other devices, a five-year-old iMac and a four-year-old MacBook Pro. Both the Apple machines wipe the floor with the Windows 7 machine, despite their greater age and less modern components. This dynamic is pretty reflective of my overall experience with the two platforms (though its bears mentioning that I've found the performance on my Surface Pro to be quite satisfactory-- better, in many ways, than any of the Windows machines I used before it, but also worse in a few key ones).
If one is motivated, one can certainly build a powerful PC on one's own for much less money than Apple charges. One can even run OS X on self-built hardware, if willing to jump through a few hoops. But given the value I've derived from my Apple machines vs. the value I've derived from my Windows machines, I've never once felt "ripped off." And I use all my computers for "real work," not just play. There are many reasons to need/prefer Windows over Mac-- but I don't think that "being ripped off" is an objective one.
All the above said, I share your concern that Apple believes its own hype. I'm hoping they have more in store for their new iPhones and iPads than the hardware leaks we've seen. I'm also hoping that iOS 7, which I haven't experimented with, ends up being more than an aesthetic overhaul. While my previous paragraph defended OS X, I think Apple's mobile devices are starting to look pricey relative to the competition-- particularly the iPad Mini. I'd be hesitant to sound any "ripped off" alarms until we see what the new devices actually offer-- but if they offer only what's been rumored, that could be trouble.