You think Apple is on the downhill trend? Whatever. All it will take is a new iPhone or better iPad or another OSX revision with new features and it will be right on top.
Sadly, for Apple, it's going to take a whole lot more than that, and frankly, going by what's left of its talent pool [now missing Steve Jobs] and IOS as stale as 2 month old bread, I just don't think they have it in them. And why is it I keep referring to IOS and not OS-X? That's because it is Apple's portable division that's making all the money/is most profitable.... and IOS is what it runs on.
As it is, Google has stolen Apple's portable crown, with Android devices far exceeding the number of iPads and iPhones out there, and then you have Microsoft, Samsung and a dozen other companies all snapping at Apple's heels with portable Win 8 devices. Now don't scoff and say that Win 8 devices are a fail, because they are far from that, and when the majority of people realise just how damned good they are, the arse will fall right out of Apple's mobile market. Believe me, I have a Win 8 phone and it runs rings around any Android I or the missus have had, and in the phone shop, when I was handed an iPhone 5 to compare with the Nokia Lumia 820, honestly, it was slow and paled into insignificance beside the W8 Nokia phone. Don't believe me, then ask the dozen or so former iPhone owners here at WC, who now have a W8 phone instead.... or better still, go to You tube and search 'Smoked by a W8 phone".
As for OS-X, it will always play second fiddle to Windows, regardless of how many new features it gets. As for Win 8 not being well received, well that's history repeating itself, don't you think? Nobody liked the changes Vista brought about until Win 7, and the same thing will happen here. When Win 9 is released it'll be the bees knees and all will be right with the world again, so regardless of what you and other doubters think of Windows 8, it is the gateway to the future of computing and OS-X will bust a nut trying to catch up.
In a nutshell, then, Steve Jobs was the innovator and visionary at Apple, and with his passing the company has lost much more than just a CEO. When he passed, Apple lost the engine that propelled it forward; the spark that ignited brilliance; the glue that held it together, and without him, the Apple of today is merely riding on his coat tails, his innovation and successes. So, when it counts most, and Apple needs to produce that something special to remain competitive, it'll become more than evident that the required spark of brilliance expired with its former founder.