Re: You Misunderstand Apple
>I disagree with your premiss that "Apple evokes a "my way or the highway" attitude.
>It does what it wants to do with seemingly little or no regard for the wishes of others."
>Apple chooses very carefully what it does.
I don't think those two opinions are necessary in conflict with one another. Apple chooses very carefully what it does, and doesn't succumb to pressure to do something because other people think they should. This could well be seen as a "my way or the highway" attitude, because if you happen to not like the way Apple did something (even if you don't understand why they did it) then you don't have much option to work around it. That doesn't have to be a bad thing, it's just the way it is. Do you trust Apple, in general, to make the right decisions? That's your choice. They have a pretty good track record for sure, but there are a few things - like the iOS keyboard - that make you wonder why, if they acknowledge it was lacking, they did nothing about it before then.
I happen to think that Apple's tight control leads to a more stable system, and a more predictable environment for developers, which ultimately benefits the end users. A little flexibility goes a long way though, especially when it comes to elements that users have to deal with every single day.