"Same goes for the Retina screen which others are now copying, showing that Apple do in fact still innovate in areas they deem it necessary."
Putting more pixels on a display is hardly 'innovation'. Putting a single pixel on a screen was the innovative bit, but that was done many decades ago. Putting lots of pixels together to form a display was merely an obvious development from that. Moreover Apple don't actually do any of their own work on displays, they just buy them in.
"NFC has no use and no prospect of usefulness."
You need to go to Tokyo (and lots of other places in Japan) where they've had it for years. It's fantastic and pretty much indispensible now. You've hardly any need to carry a wallet at all. Of course iPhones don't work with Japanese NFC, and that holds back their sales there a lot. [I do find the NFC debate puzzling - why is the 'West' inventing a new NFC standard when the Japanese have for years had a fully functioning and very useful standard of their own? I"m sure they'd let us use it]
"Apple put 16-64GB of very fast storage in their phones so you don't need an SD card"
And charge hundreds of dollars for it, where the equivalent micro SD card would be just tens of dollars. Apple claim all sorts of technical and asthetic reasons to do this, but actually it's pretty transparent market exploitation. I've no problem with that, I've no desire to buy one in the first place. Also I strongly dispute "very fast" - they've no special magical Flash memory that's any better or worse than anyone elses. And who'd want to hot swap an SD card when you can just buy a big one for a fraction of the price Apple charge to solder the thing down to the PCB?!
"The difference is that the cable doesn't cost a fortune and is very efficient while the charging pads will cost lots and are terribly inneficient."
It's only inefficient if you don't design it right. Efficient magnetic coupling (which is what we're talking about here) has been around since Nikola Tesla's days in the shape of transformers. Ok, so a charge pad isn't likely to be as efficient as a well designed transformer. However if they're clever enough to know that there's no phone on them and switch off they'd save a lot of electricity over the wired charger that gets left plugged in and switched on most of the time.