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Apple is probably the only company in the world that everyone has an opinion on. And they usually aren’t middling, not-fussed-either-way opinions either. You either love or hate Apple… either buy every iDevice you can get your hands on or refuse to even install iTunes and QuickTime on your computer.

Whatever your personal feelings are on Apple, iOS, Mac OS X, Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, Jony Ive, premium pricing et al, it’s time to put those biases aside for just a few minutes to decide whether you feel Apple is on a downward slope. This week’s We Ask You is wholly dedicated to discussing the possibility that Apple’s time in the sun is coming to an end. Or not. You decide.

This Week’s Question…

We want to know, Are Apple’s Best Days Behind It? We’re not asking whether you think Apple is done for, because it’s clearly not about to go bankrupt. It has lots of money in the bank, lots of fans, and lots of talent remaining at the company. But it has lost Steve Jobs Is Apple's Downward Spiral Inevitable Without Jobs? [Opinion] Is Apple's Downward Spiral Inevitable Without Jobs? [Opinion] All technology companies experience peaks and troughs. Products come and go, execs get up and leave, consumer tastes change. Just look at RiM and the fortunes of the BlackBerry platform for proof. Apple is just... Read More . And it appears to have lost the golden touch that seemingly precluded it from criticism and negativity. So, has Apple peaked?

The obvious germ of this question is the recent unveiling of iOS 7, Apple’s new operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It has split opinion in no uncertain terms, with some of the devoted faithful loving the changes and others hating them. James gave us an overview of all of the changes made in iOS 7 What's New in iOS 7? What's New in iOS 7? A new generation of iOS is nearly upon us, revealed at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference last week. Guided strongly by (Sir) Jony Ive, iOS 7 marks a clear departure from the skeumorphic UI elements of... Read More , while Tim detailed how to access the iOS 7 beta How To Access iOS 7 Beta (And Downgrade To iOS 6) How To Access iOS 7 Beta (And Downgrade To iOS 6) The web is awash with talk of Apple's new mobile operating system in the wake of WWDC 2013. As with all new iterations of iOS, Apple developers get access before the rest of us who... Read More . Meanwhile, Yaara is running a poll asking for your opinions on iOS 7 What Do You Think About iOS 7? [MakeUseOf Poll] What Do You Think About iOS 7? [MakeUseOf Poll] iOS user or not, you’ve probably heard of the latest release from Apple. iOS 7 is only available in beta so far, but has already made some waves, with users calling it anything from revolutionary... Read More .

This latest product unveiling isn’t the only reason to ask this question, however. Since Steve Jobs died and Tim Cook took over the running of the company, Apple has become somewhat complacent, or at least that’s how it appears to me as an outsider. The original iPhone was a game-changer, as was the original iPad. And witnessing the once-humble Macintosh evolve into the Windows PC-beating Mac has been phenomenal.

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However, things have slowed down considerably over the past couple of years. Rather than releasing innovative new products with the capacity to change the world, Apple has released new versions of its existing product line, with incremental changes being the order of the day. The Apple share price has dropped as a result, and some are arguing that Apple, along with Google and Facebook, have peaked. What do you think?

Is Apple going to rise once more The Rise And Fall And Rise Of Apple: A Brief History The Rise And Fall And Rise Of Apple: A Brief History The success of Apple indeed lies with their attitude of "Thinking Differently". While the company may not have always been heralded as a success, their strength over the years has come from great vision and... Read More ? Can Tim Cook and Jony Ive successfully steer the company between them or will new blood need to be brought in? Was Steve Jobs Instant Inspiration: Watch Steve Jobs' Greatest Ever Speeches Instant Inspiration: Watch Steve Jobs' Greatest Ever Speeches Not everybody is a fan of Apple. Nor was everybody a fan of Steve Jobs, one of the two Steves who founded the company, and the one who turned it from an also-ran into the... Read More the reason for Apple’s rise to the top? What products, if any, should Apple be developing behind the scenes to once again shake up the industry? Are you happy with the incremental updates and feel Apple is doing enough to please its consumer base?

Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, and the respect of other readers. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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