Well at least in terms of phones (aside from the note7) they've been pretty reliable aside from software. Same goes for the hardware in the devices being top of the line, not that I'd be expecting anything less at the pricepoint. But yeah for screens they are ahead with the holepunch and curved display etc.
Yep, from delaying the old white iPhone 4 forever ago and recently canceling AirPower. Apple takes their time making sure things are done right