Re: Biting on the Apple
The big problem - for me - is that "it just works" has genuinely gone with iOS7. I can't be the only one, the question will be what percentage of Apple's massive increasing sales are people that bought into the ecosystem long ago, found it "just works" and bought the next one - just because phones get old and knackered relatively quickly - yet have now found that it no longer "just works". The impetus to buy the new one will be gone.
Anyone that has spent a huge amount of contract or outright purchase money on an iPhone4S for example, and understands what's behind features like facetime breaking completely, then had it turned into a pile of unresponsive crap by iOS 7 will be questioning if they're mug enough to do it all again.
I speak as a huge iPhone skeptic turned fanboi turned infuriated-user-that-hopes-it-will-all-work-out, so I think I'm objective. Maybe I'm not ;) and of course it requires the user to be technically informed. There's a high number of iPhone users that are not (no criticism whatsoever).
I still think for at least this iteration I will be in the extreme minority, everything you said rings true, and it will sell in huge numbers. And for me, that will actually be a shame. IMHO Apple need a wakeup call so they get better at their software again.