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Former Apple CEO John Sculley says Cook is doing a "terrific job"

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has not gotten a lot of praise lately, but a former Apple CEO is coming to Mr. Cook's defense. Of course, there aren't too many former CEOs of Apple, and the ones that are still alive have a bit of a rocky relationship with Apple fans. John Sculley took over as CEO when Steve Jobs was ousted from his own company in 1985, and Sculley did preside over a period of revival for the company, but it didn't last. 

Still, very few men know what it is like to have to step into the shoes of Steve Jobs (although to be fair, the 30-year old Jobs that Sculley replaced was not nearly the same man as the 56-year old that Cook had to replace). About a week ago, Atari's Nolan Bushnell said that Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs; and, Sculley recently said about Cook:
He’s not trying to be Steve jobs; only one person could be Steve Jobs and that was Steve. Steve could make the big creative leaps. What Tim is doing is continuing the Apple philosophy of no compromise and quality of their products and great styling. I think people are giving Apple a bum rap on what is still a great company with great products.

Sculley downplayed the market share that Apple has lost to competitors, and remained bullish on the company saying that "Cook is doing a terrific job", and that he is "very optimistic that Apple’s going to do just fine." 

source: CNBC Asia via BGR

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posted on 11 Oct 2013, 00:49 11

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2871; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Its terrifying not terrific... :D

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 13:47

15. bbblader (Posts: 583; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


That's what I read at first :D

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 00:51 1

2. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 365; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Yes,he is the best CEO after Steve Jobs for Apple.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 01:12 2

6. promise7 (Posts: 480; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


I agree he's the best CEO for Apple after Steve Jobs, but that's a big difference there. I don't know what a good analogy would be, since it's dinner time I'll say it's like wanting a steak, but eating pork chops instead. Still good, but quite a big difference.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 11:09

14. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


He reversed everything that Steve Jobs created in just 2 years. He's doing a terrible 'jobs' lol

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 13:49

16. Doakie (Posts: 1330; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I had made the prediction back when Steve Jobs died being that Apple had lost their creative genius behind so many of the iconic products and that Apple would become just another electronics company. Tim Cook has really done well to get Apple to follow sales trends by increasing the screen size and drop price points. But at the same time Steve Jobs would never have released such buggy software on the world as Tim Cook is. He just cant drive the workers to finish software in the same time frame Jobs could.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 00:53 1

3. mr.techdude (Posts: 555; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


The bloke just said a good thing to let cook step down from CEO to let the former become the next CEO............#illuminate.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 00:53 8

4. dratomic (Posts: 476; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


you know you're doing wrong when someone who s*ucked is praising you :))

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 00:55 1

5. GeekMovement (Posts: 1521; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I doubt Steve jobs would have allowed so many bugs released with iOS 7. Just seems like apple is becoming less stable of an OS and less innovative. Nice finger print scanner integrated into the home button though.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 06:58 1

10. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Agreed. Apple Maps would never have been released the way it was. When the OG iPod had battery problems, Steve about went ballistic on the design team with insane deadlines to get it fixed. That pretty much set the precedence for what the modern day Apple era would be, until Tim took over. Leaked information on upcoming products never happened under Steve either. A lot has changed under the new management.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 08:13

11. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1285; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Antennagate?

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 08:45 1

12. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


I think that one caught them off guard. They probably ran benchmark tests without holding it the way that would cause calls to drop. It was handled poorly by Jobs though.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 01:19 3

7. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


to be brutally honest.....i think he is starting to lose the plot.....

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 03:56 3

8. Slammer (Posts: 1126; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


---" He’s not trying to be Steve jobs; only one person could be Steve Jobs and that was Steve. Steve could make the big creative leaps."---

I've been saying this for over 20 years. Steve was Apple and Apple followed Steve's premise. No other CEO could captain Apple the way Steve did. I commend John for his eloquence. But, truth be told, Apple will become stagnant. Ideas need visionary discipline in order to culminate. Steve had the aggressive "A" personality coupled with marketing prowness to envision his own concepts and push the envelope for innovating on ideas. John Sculley knows this first hand. It was he that lost control of the helm after Steve's dismissal.

It was Steve that allowed Apple to successfully build a financial cash pile in order for Apple to survive today. Unless, Apple continues Steve's legacy, it will begin a slow descent as history has repeated in the past.

John B.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 04:37 1

9. sks1969 (Posts: 86; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)


I think Apple needs a refreshing new product. It is pointless to innovate on the same product in a saturated market.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 10:24 2

13. DFranch (Posts: 140; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


So the guy who ran Apple into the ground says Tim Cook is doing a good job.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 13:53

17. Doakie (Posts: 1330; Member since: 06 May 2009)


That's what I was just thinking. I thought Sculley was the CEO during Apples down years.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 14:19

18. iampayne (Posts: 257; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


I laughed pretty hard at that because yes he drove Apple to almost non-existence.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 15:17

19. JMartin22 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


He's doing a better job than the former CEO at telling the tech community what a pompous windbag he is with his trashing of affordable devices since people can't always afford their grossly overpriced products to help stuff their profits margins; he hasn't quite bested the former CEO yet on how he can spin a grandiose speech about how wonderful their perpetual iCanOpenner really is.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 01:56

20. alaahershy (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


Steve Jobs >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Tim Cook + John Sculley

so shut up Haters.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 10:53

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 12739; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Cooks doing excellent, apples doing excellent, just a lot more comp out there than there used to be. Apple knows what it's doing, and where it's going. Big things ahead.

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