How will this affect Apple ? :(
First of , my deepest condolences not only to Steves immediate family but also his "Apple-Family" worldwide. He was the most visionary human being that ever walked on the face of our planet .
How do You think this will affect not only Apple but the tech world.
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For the near term, there won't be any major effect. But, frankly no CEO of apple will have the power that Jobs did, as the founder and then rescuer of the company from the bad decisions made by those who got rid of him.
Eventually successors will change aspects of corporate culture, and sooner or later they'll miss some big trend again, just like all large tech companies do. How they react then will be the real test.
- 10-06-2011, 04:49 AM #13
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- 10-06-2011, 06:24 AM #14
Steve obviously was OK with Tim Cook as CEO since he recommended him. A board of directors however is something different, they make decisions based purely on profit. I think that's why Steve wanted to join the board to make sure Tim Cook was never axed while he wasn't well enough to man the helm. So as long as Tim is able to remain CEO hopefully he will be able to mitigate the damage their ideas/decisions might bring. It is inevitable just like Bill Gates leaving Microsoft that eventually in the future things will be done that we all know would never have been done under Steve's rule. So really I just have to watch the stock price and prey the products don't suffer in time.
We all have seen Apple with and without Steve. While I think short term Apple will do just fine, I am more concerend about the future and what Apple will bring to tha table , lets say 5 years from now.
I hope Im wrong but I dont thing Cook can fit the shoes and bring products to the market that will make consumers excited , but also get the competition to work harder on their products. If iPhone 4S is any indication of where Apple is headed, Im afraid we're doomed
- 10-06-2011, 12:26 PM #16
Remember what happened last time Steve left (fired) Apple?
They nearly closed up shop if it wasn't for a generous donor (Microsoft)
Apple has a really well established market of people that will only buy apple no matter what it is or how terrible it may be. Will they continue to grow? Only the market will show that.
My guess is? They'll stop growing at the rate that they have, getting smaller gains, scaring investors off, fire-selling off their stock. They'll loose money.
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When Jobs was forced out 15-20 years ago, Apple was struggling to find its way. When he came back, he brought direction and purpose to the company. Apple is no longer struggling, and they have found their way. Remember, it's easier to keep a train moving than it is to get it moving.
- 10-06-2011, 01:24 PM #19
I think Apple has been gearing up for this eventuality since 2009. I think they've most likely been setting things up behind the scenes to make the transition as smooth as it could possibly be and with as little disruption to the long term plans. I think, from a business stand point at least, the timing is unfortunate. His passing right after the reveal of the iPhone 4S gives media outlets looking to paint a doom and gloom scenario to draw headlines a convenient target and storyline. If the initial feeling of disappointment towards the iPhone 4S hangs around, it'll be easy to blame any slower than expected sales on Tim Cook and the absence of Steve Jobs, and give a little more traction to the competition. I believe they have already had the post-Jobs game plan in place even prior to Tim Cook succeeding Steve Jobs. This will be an unfortunate moment in the company, for sure, but iPhone 4S sales will be strong, they'll get another bump when all the speculation for the iPad 3 ramps up, and it'll continue to be business as usual.
- 10-06-2011, 01:51 PM #20iPhone Newbie
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As sad as it is that he has passed on (and it is very sad), I feel like he left a big enough legacy, and I'm sure plenty of ideas, that they can continue on just fine without him. Of course, when it comes to actual brand new devices, they may be lacking without his unique vision, but I'm sure they'll find someone who will do a good job. Apple are definitely not down and out, they are currently unstoppable it seems like. I think if the iPhone 5 (or whatever will come after the 4S) does not sell well or get a good reaction from the public, then we know that they're having problems. But in the short term, I think they'll be just fine.
I am hoping that Apple will continue to soar and amaze us with their great products. I am a firm believe that human beings die but the idea live on.
However Steve was the SOUL of Apple. Apple without Steve Jobs will be much like Steve Jobs brains without his heartbeat.
- 10-06-2011, 04:21 PM #22