I've been a computer owner and user for about 31 years now, starting back when I bought my Commodore Vic-20 in 1982. I've been an ebook reader since I got my Sony 505. And I've been a teacher for 19 years.
I was never that fond of Apple products when we had to use them at school and I always prefered PCs, where I could tweak and customize them. At one point I built my PC from parts, just so I could have it just like I wanted it.
Then I saw the first iPad. When I held it in my hand, it was like magic. So I bought one. I used it every day. I had one problem and Apple Customer Service fixed it right away. When I saw the first ad for Siri, I thought "well, that's the phone for me." So I bought an iPhone 4S-- only my second Apple product and my first smart phone. One day after 6 months, the speaker cut out. Apple sent me a new one within three days. I'm still using that one. When the iPad 3 came out, I got one and passed my iPad 1 on to my daughter. I use my iPad 3 every day-- for reading, email, and games. My son has an Android tablet and he is always asking to use my iPad.
When I decided to replace my aging HP computer, I surprised myself and looked at Macs. It turned out that Apple was just introducing the new line of 2012 iMacs. I went to an Apple store (my first time there) and tried one out. I loved it. I ordered mine. It came last week. It's now on my desk and I love it. I especially love how I load Word and it opens so fast I can't read the splash screen.
I never expected to be an Apple fan. I'm not a person that needs the latest and coolest thing. I do like the fact that I turn my devices and they just work-- except as mentioned above.
I doubt Apples current troubles are more than a temporary thing. I expect them to come out with something nobody else has soon. But even if they don't. Even if they only improve their current products, I expect them to be around for quite a long time.