I agree that Apple is a terrifically run company. But let's not pretend that their practice transcends the rules and norms of business. I really hate Apple worship.
Let's see...if Canon were more like Apple we would have a proprietary file format for all images that would allow us to view, print and manipulate those images using only Canon hardware and software.
Canon would create a lens mount that would only function with Canon lenses, so that no third-party lenses could be used on its cameras.
Canon would abandon all but the low and highest-end markets, creating only mass consumer products and specialized products for a very narrow segment of the professional class.
If it continued to offer any mid-range products (Such as DSLRs) it would charge significantly more than Nikon or other competitors for products that have poorer specs.
It would constantly change the form factor and design of its cameras, so that every year the previous year's models would be obsolete.
It would find a way to charge consumers for each image and lock up the marketplace so that consumers could not freely exchange their own images.
If other companies (Adobe) developed industry-dominant applications, Canon would hobble their cameras so that the applications would not run on their cameras.
It would abandon full-frame and probably APS-C sensors and instead compress images into a more narrow dynamic range, figuring that eventually everyone would get so used to seeing the compressed images that they would forget what it is like to see an image with a full range of tones and colors.
Eyeone, I share your pain. I too, tire of the Apple worship.
When it comes to pictures, I'll take stodgy, conservative Canon any day.