Why would one even ask if Apple's competitors are going to beat it?
There are reasons for things. You just have to try to actually understand them.
SkyDrive, Outlook.com, Office 365, Xbox Live - your Microsoft account is the gateway to too many critical services to secure with a simple password.
Who's leading who to free operating systems?
Apple's claim of revolutionizing pricing with OS X Mavericks isn't quite as revolutionary as claimed. The new-age "One Microsoft" is already laying the groundwork for free Windows upgrades.
In the battle of large tablets, Apple's featherweight floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee.