In a very good piece from John Gruber:
"This is what only Apple can do:
Software updates that are free of charge and so easily installed that the majority of iOS and Mac users are running the latest versions of the OSes (a supermajority in the case of iOS). Apple can release new features and expect most users to have them within a year — and third-party developers can count on the same thing.”
He is essentially saying the same thing that I was saying in conclusion here:
“Apple has the power to augment their offering with whatever features they think will add value to the ecosystem and nearly overnight millions of users will be using them everyday. That is powerful and a real value in itself.”
From this article:
"Because Jobs was such a powerful, brilliant executive, his flaws tend to be swept over. But he had flaws. For instance, he was opposed to putting iTunes on Windows-based computers. However, that was the right call as it led to widespread adoption of the iPod, which kick-started Apple’s comeback. Jobs was opposed to an App Store because he wanted total control over the iPhone’s software. The App Store was the right call.
After Jobs died, I spoke with a former Apple executive, and one thing he said has stuck with me. Basically, Jobs created bottlenecks at Apple because every major decision flowed through him. With Jobs gone, and power more diffuse, it seems as if Apple can do more within its product categories.”
See? Steve Jobs was great but in retrospective can be seen as hindering Apple advances in many ways.