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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Steve Jobs(less)

"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come."

This is truly the end of an era. The resignation of Steve Jobs as the CEO of Apple shouldn't really be a surprise to anyone. The man's been sick for several years and took two medical leaves, so you would think that it was a matter of time before Mr. Jobs had to let his duties at Apple go. He must be extremely ill to release the reigns of the company that he built, was fired from, then rehired and reinvigorated the company after his predecessors almost destroyed it. It's difficult to imagine what turn Apple will take now that it's out of his hands. Well, not entirely-- Jobs will still on the board of directors. The ball is in Tim Cook's hands now.

I wonder if Jobs has spent the last several months, or several years, doing an ultimate brain-dump of all of his ideas. I mean, that IS the key to Apple's success-- Jobs is very hands-on, and has left his signature on every product the company has produced-- all the "i" stuff is his; the iPod,the iPhone, the iPad-- the revolutionary tools that have altered the way we interact with our media. When the Jobs well runs dry, what direction will Apple move in? It's failed without him before-- will it fail without him again? I can imagine that Mr. Cook has worked very closely with Jobs. But I'm sure there will be a time when the company will have to rely on Cook's vision. Is his view that similar to Jobs, so it would be as if no change had occurred?

Do you think we'll still be listening to iPods or using MacBooks, or iPads in the future? Maybe in 5-10 years, Apple's products/personality will be completely and totally different from what it is now. And that will either be a good thing, or a disaster.

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