I am a Apple genius or and Apple Fanboy, I am also a Google fanboy, I love technology, it's my life, without it I do not know what I will do. I am always open to exciting things in the Technology World.
I see your point, the reason in my opinion that some people hate the icons is because apparently it wasn’t design from Apple design team but from the market team. I think if Steve was there that would of not happen, but it’s just a theory. Overall I could be wrong.
I see there a lot of copy cats, but you have to remember a company need an idea, an when they see an amazing idea from another company they take it, same goes for Apple, like notification looks a lot like android.