1:) Funny, when it suits the argument of a hater, the iPhone is nothing but a dumb phone. Then, all of a sudden, it's a computer... When you need it to make a point.
2) The customer service surveys aren't something done by Apple. They're independent and cover a cross section of the population... Fact is not the plural of anecdote.
3) Only hearing the cliche from people that assume and hate... there are precious few negative stories coming out of the approval process now that it's only Opera that's hitting the news... Even the haters can't dig anything new out.
4) Microsoft's WM7 will be as locked-down as the iPhone. They're throwing out over a decade of development and starting a'fresh copying Apple's market model.
5) Not killing a thing, just keeping some quality control. Saying you can't use tool set x to create software for platform y hardly constitutes killing an entire industry... Go use visual studio to create a game for the PS3 and see how far you get.
6) Thank you, that story had passed me by. Still, come on, the story's almost a year old and they were very much still getting to grips with things then... Anything a bit more recent and, you know, relevant?
7) It's lucrative enough for those that are in it, and Macs are a growing market and will continue to be so. Best get in quick while the market's still growing!
Then don't learn objective C, nobody cares, but you're missing out on a market on a lot of money... If you want to earn money, you need to learn the necessary tools for the trade... It's the same everywhere else and you are *not* deserving of special compensation. There are thousands of people who are happy to put a bit of time in and learn new skills.
8) Wipe your glasses clean. Android and Apple are going after different markets. Apple's customers want devices that just work. Easy to download apps, a wonderful user interface that's a breeze to use... I'm sure you've heard the many arguments. Android, and I do think Android's great for what it's worth here, is going after the geeks that want to tinker. Both OS' have great devices, if you don't like Apple's system, just leave alone and shut up.
Of course, it's worth pointing out that very little money is being made for developers on Android precisely because of their market; people that want to tinker and hack and potentially won't think twice about cracking a piece of software to install it for free... People with iPhones are more willing to spend money, regularly if the desire arises, to buy great quality software.