You probably heard that Apple had a blowout quarter. We're in the midst of the worst economic crisis in decades, yet people still clamor to buy their products. While the stores are filled with $250 Acer netbooks that sell at razor-thin margins, Apple can't make iPods, iPhones and Macbooks fast enough.
Apple is frequently accused of being all style and no substance. In reality, Apple is where it is due to innovation. Stellar marketing also plays a factor. Take the Magic Mouse, for example.
Microsoft is sitting on tens of billions in cash and yet they didn't come up with this. Why not? Lousy management. This extends throughout the industry, with the exception of a handful of companies. They are still building products for an old 1990's business model.
I hear that Jobs is a real ass to work for, but you know what? I'd prefer to work for a guy with a clear vision of what consumers want, who has marketing savvy and demands excellence.