Apple is quietly preparing for a future without the iPhone–or another big thing
A person with an iPhone (AFP Photo/Stephane de Sakutin)

Apple’s at the top of the world–and from this standpoint, it’s hard to see how the company could be anything other than the market leader and tastemaker that it’s been in recent memories. I’m not about to suggest that its decline and fall are imminent, but those who (like me) remember the dark days of the 1990s know that success is never guaranteed. In any case, it’s unlikely that a company as massive and dominant as Apple would simply vanish into the ether–poof. But as the company’s grown and matured, it’s undeniable that its nature is changing. Those changes aren’t without precedent. Over th...