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Apple stands no chance without Steve Jobs (poll results)

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Apple stands no chance without Steve Jobs (poll results)
We asked you a few days ago what you think of Apple's chances for success (or fail) in the mobile business now that it isn't run by Steve Jobs, and it seems that most of you (69.62%) don't believe that it stands a chance against the competition.

That opinion resonates with what some analysts and entrepreneurs think, including Elon Musk, who's the founder of companies like Tesla and SpaceX. What makes these people think so is that Jobs was an innovator and visionary, whereas the current CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, is more of an operations expert - one who knows how to maximize a company's profits, but doesn't contribute so much when it comes to the products themselves. Meanwhile, analysts see Google's CEO, Larry Page, like a pretty strong figure that will surely lead Google in the right direction.

Still, a significant number of people, about 22.48% of all voters, think that it's still too early to draw such conclusions. We tend to agree, after all, Tim Cook may not be a tech visionary, but let's at least give him a chance! Finally, we have a small percentage of people (7.9%) who believe that Apple is already a well-oiled machine that doesn't need to be told what to do. We've heard such opinions before, and who knows, that might as well be so. Only time will tell!

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Will Apple lose the smartphone war without Steve Jobs?
69.62%
2081 votes
(2081 votes) Yes, Steve Jobs was the mastermind behind it all.
7.9%
236 votes
(236 votes) No, Apple is already a well-oiled machine.
22.48%
672 votes
(672 votes) Too early to tell!

2989 votes


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posted on 29 Nov 2012, 04:18 13

1. dickwyn (Posts: 585; Member since: 07 May 2012)


only time will tell

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 04:22 10

3. ScottSchneider (Posts: 313; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Then that would be in another 2-3 years... The rise and fall of Apple... Without S.Jobs Apple would go Job Less....

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:17 2

15. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


No, it's been obvious that even with sociopathic Jobs will fall sooner or later.... iPhone 4 with Jobs was 0 innovative
No NFC....... and even worse HW than every highend with Android

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 07:56 1

19. darkkjedii (Posts: 10537; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


All that and the iPhone 4 was still the 2010 top seller. Hmmmmmm

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 13:20 2

44. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


Who said that people acted reasonably? ;-)

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:20

16. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 156; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


it's clear that jobs was the master mind look at the Iphone4 the screen of it is still in the next two generations and they also put it to the notebooks and the Ipad iphone 4 was far away from competitors but now the Iphone 5 Ithink you know the rest

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 00:54

56. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea...I will stick with my orig vote: its too early to tell. History does show that it can happen tho....

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 04:22 1

2. Jonathan41 (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


What a nail-biter.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 04:26 2

4. StreetNerd (Posts: 700; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


just find a new copycatter =)

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 04:33 1

5. kboo1995 (unregistered)


As you said
Only time will tell

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 04:37 2

6. wendygarett (unregistered)


Weird, why reader say Apple dead, while some articles that iPad account for 70% sales in China... Apple earns more than Microsoft Google Amazon Facebook combined... And iPhone 5 soaring in US... Not to mention, Apple remain no1 big company in the world...

Whom should I believe?? pa article? Or poll? Help logic!! I'm confused :s

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 04:42 2

10. darkskoliro (Posts: 955; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Past sales =/= future sales
Dont think apple is going to die though. Too much of a trend right now, will stay in the market for quite some time

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 09:19 1

23. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5610; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The real challenge us what does Apple do for its next 'one more thing' (remember those moments?).

Which is why I voted too early to tell.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 04:49 3

11. flower99 (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 18 Nov 2012)


thats why i vote time will tell

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 04:50 1

12. flower99 (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 18 Nov 2012)


thats why i vote time will tell

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:23

17. protozeloz (Posts: 5372; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


This poll is not about today, but tomorrow you can't predict numbers just by looking at today. Apple market was 90+ last rear now is 50-55, many people have lowered their estimates, hype won't last forever, people get bored of the glorified app launcher iOS is, I was surprised when I asked John V about the nexus 10 when he reviewed it, implying that if it has more tablet optimized apps would be a hit, he replied telling me that he liked the N10 better despite any of that. How long before Google simply catches up in terms of apps for tablets?

Also there are many non apple fans in here that influences too

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 04:38 3

8. Topcat488 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Sounds like somebody needs another good "snake oil salesman"... But IMHO, if Apple brought back Steve Wozniak, and gave him the power of Tim Cook, they would make great leaps. Wozy is more King Solomon like, in terms of OSes or smartphone judging. I use a Note and a iphone, and i trust the opinions of Steve Wozniak... :)

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 10:10 1

27. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 847; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Woz is king!

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 04:39 1

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1316; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


well...that escalated quickly

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 05:32 2

13. PAPINYC (Posts: 2237; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Ray S'sss,

Can you guys use a different picture of Steve Jobs? If I must be reminded of him (over and over and over again), I'd rather see a youthful and healthy person; not the emaciAted and sickly iteration.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 08:47 1

21. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


...why? The later photo is of the one who was in charge during apple's best-to-date market gains. The younger one left the company.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:12

14. neurobiologist (Posts: 68; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


Worse thing that'll happen, apple will sell their stuff for a quite limited amount of people. Apple products - is an Rolex Watches, only in IT. Lots of people just did not realised it yet.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 08:16 1

20. jpjr1 (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Its ok...Apple will just continue to sue manufactures (samsung,motorola,RIM, etc...) to keep cash flow coming in since they are trending around 120-125million devices shipped/sold behind samsung now a days! and Nokia and Samsung continue to be the 2 Kings in the mobile world.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 09:11 1

22. sudbury78 (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


Dumb poll on here. Phone arena filled with apple bashers.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 10:11

28. Theblaxican (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Apple will only be able lolly-gag on innovation one more time with the release of the iPhone 5S. After that, all bets are off.

If there is not a serious overhaul in the physical design of the iPhone 6 together with the dated iOS software, Apple will be in SERIOUS trouble.

The Android OS is moving forward at breakneck speed and if Apple isn't able to keep up they will have to start producing devices with Vertu like quality just to stay relevant.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 12:34 1

41. lyndon420 (Posts: 1714; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Apple was dieing before Steve did. Like seriously...if he was still around would there be a mini iPad and iphone with a 4" screen? Pretty sure he was against those size options. Bring in the Woz and gain some much needed respect from the masses.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 18:29 1

54. tedkord (Posts: 4507; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The poll read pointless. As many pointed out, Apple were already losing the mobile war with Jobs. Will it hasten without Jobs? Who knows?

Personally, I think the change over could be a boon for Apple. Part of the reason Apple were losing was Jobs' stubbornness and unwillingness to admit mistakes. If Cook can be more responsive to the shifts in the market, Apple could become a bigger player.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 21:08 1

55. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6250; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Apple was falling behind just a bit before more POWERFUL Android phones are starting to come out & selling fast while he was even alive running Apple

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