re: Apple's Cool Factor Waning?
It is possible that Apple will lose it cachet as it becomes ubiquitous (although people have been predicting Apple would run out of steam since everyone bought an iPod), but I don't think it bodes well for Microsoft. Microsoft does not allow the phone OEMs to alter their interface or experience. This puts the OEMs in a position where they cannot differentiate based on technology feature/function and the only way to compete is on price... which creates a race to the bottom as has happened in PCs.... The Microsoft centric PC model abused the OEMs (HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc) to the point where the phone OEMs are fearful of what a Microsoft dominated market will mean for them (a single digit margin commodity market). The only OEM that has signed up is Nokia and that is due to a massive payment from Microsoft.