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Has Apple changed in the one year since Steve Jobs passed away?

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Has Apple changed in the one year since Steve Jobs passed away?
On this day, we mark exactly one year since probably the most influential person in tech, Apple’s head Steve Jobs passed away.

Jobs was a figure that stood out and he left a company that stands out. The creator of Apple saved his own company from the brink of bankruptcy and grew it to become the world’s biggest firm.

But Steve Jobs was more than just a manager - he was the driving force that brought us first graphical interfaces and then products like the iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air.

Since his passing on October 5th, 2011, former logistics chief Tim Cook took over the company in a smooth and well orchestrated transition. In the past year, Apple has nearly doubled its market value with shares growing from around $370 to nearly $670. Cook has delivered products like the iPhone 5 with its bigger screen and the new iPad with an extremely detailed display that no other company can match yet.

With an almost perfect financial track record, Cook allowed a few cracks in his image allowing unpolished products like Siri and Apple Maps. The big question, though, is has Apple changed a year after Jobs? Is it still the same company ready to shock the industry with a radically new product like the iPhone? Or has that revolutionary halo disappeared? Vote, but don’t hesitate to also share in the comments what do you think changed (or not) at Apple in the past year and what do you expect from the company.

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Has Apple changed in the one year since Steve Jobs passed away?
Yes, Apple is a different company now. 70.9% (921 votes) (921 votes)
No, Apple has retained itself. 29.1% (378 votes) (378 votes)

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posted on 05 Oct 2012, 07:06 2

1. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Not yet.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 10:03 7

54. addict27 (Posts: 7; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


An iPhone bigger than the 'ideal' 3.5" and an upcoming iPad at the 7" 'tweener' size Jobs declared would be "dead on arrival". . . yea the company hasn't changed at all. /s

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 10:33 9

57. Doakie (Posts: 2173; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I think they've changed in some minor ways.
#1 Their device security has gone to crap, everything is leaking long before release, Steve would have never let that happen. He'd go down to China personally and choke out some Foxconn employees for leaking his products. The fact that Samsung had no leaks with the GS3, and the next Nexus has had practically no leaks blows me away.

#2 They care more about the image that they take better care of their assembly worker life conditions within their factories.

#3 They are more willing to bend to what the consumer desires. Larger iPhone screen and smaller iPad screens, mucking up the screen resolution consistency that made their products so streamlined to develop for. One issue with bending to consumer desires, the profitability(through mass production) of keeping screen sizes small and consistent has gone down. So they gotta make that profit back...in Lightning adapter sales. Lol.

I think I'm correct in my prediction right after Steve died. Apple will(add has) become just like ever other average electronics company. They are going to focus on competing with their competitors head on instead of blazing off in different directions. And also follow market trends and consumer desire more. They've lost their visionary, but they are still full of talented people. So you'll see some great products still coming out of them. But you won't see the same huge directional changing innovation that Steve bought to Apple. I hate Apple to the core and even disliked Steve for his aggressive dictator like hold on their ecosystem, but I can still appreciate the innovation he bought the smartphone industry. If there were more people like Steve the computer industry would be much more advanced today than it already is.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 03:13

94. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


If thats the case.....its 50/50 or a no vote.

They were still trying to sue the pants off of ppl since Jobs died. They have some issues with iOS 6 (maps) and the iPhone 5 (purple halo, lines on keyboards, build issues)

Claimed some features were first for the iPhone 5, when its been on Android since at least 2010, and was probably on Win Mo phones too.

yet the iPhone 5 is the most amazing phone created.

That doesnt look like 100% change to me. Products? I agree somewhat. The company as a whole? Well...I voted no.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 07:06 31

2. adi4u4882 (Posts: 137; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


Nope.
Still the same low class products with a high class price.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 07:16 11

7. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)


but now more people know about it

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 08:15 18

32. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


dont forget the SUING!

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 08:29 1

35. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


No, it's not lie if person doesn't know that, because the Being of inquiry is based on perception of product, not some external and measurable value.

The true function of the product is to be percieved as a good product.

But, I will nevertheless ask you to state the things in which Apple customers were cheated. A couple of them will be enough to make a point of whether they were trully cheated.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 07:09 21

3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Sorry if it will offend someone but in my opinion Apple is the same pathetic company.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 07:16 2

6. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


No, it's only closed, manipulative and rigorous, not pathetic. Pathetic are Samsung and Nokia, those who try to keep the pace with pathetic strategies like brutal insults and comparisons with Apple etc.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 07:19 11

9. No_Nonsense (unregistered)


If advertising is pathetic, Apple should go out of business right now.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 07:30 3

11. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I never really understood how it is possible for a company to advertise themsleves by mocking the competiton.

In my country it is forbidden as tobacco ads.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 07:34 8

12. No_Nonsense (unregistered)


Bashing/taking a dig at other brands is fine IMO. But, well what Apple does isn't. By which I mean, marketing every new thing like the best thing since sliced bread, patent trolling, refusing to acknowledge faults in previous products, falsely advertising products like iPhone 5 being the thinnest phone ever, yada yada is not good. Comparatively, Sammy and Nokia ads are better.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 07:35 3

13. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Tell lies, disrespect and ignore customers isn't it pathetic???
I know business is dirty thing but there still is such thing like a business ethics about which Apple also has forgot long time ago and this is also pathetic.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 07:38 6

14. Aeires (unregistered)


Hi, I'm a PC.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 07:39 2

15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


What OS ?

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 07:42 1

17. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Mountain Lion

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 07:43 2

18. Aeires (unregistered)


If MS forces live tiles onto me without a dedicated desktop UI, that would be Ubuntu. Otherwise I'll stay with MS if I can have the traditional desktop.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 08:07

28. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Exactly. Desparation drives anyone crazy. No one to blame here..

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 07:53 1

22. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I'm sorry, but Apple users don't feel cheated, disrespected and lied to. If they did, Apple wouldn't be the richest company in the world with 97% customer satisfaction. Maybe you would wish they are dissatisfied, but they aren't. You are just projecting your enthusiast needs on average users.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 07:57 3

23. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Damn, he's pointing to the PC vs Mac ads. Those are mostly to blame for this trend of insult-advertizing.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 07:57 1

24. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Actually both Sammy and Nokia had great flops with ads recently. Samsung was bragging with their specs and perfromnce just to be defeated or equalled by "underspeced" iPhone in perfomance, and Nokia showed how honest they are with those image stabilization commercials. Then they continued to mock Apple, their buyers and color of devices, in lack of inspiration.

Please, be objective.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 08:03 2

27. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Yes, Apple did that over Microsoft when they were still underground. That WAS pathetic, and it clearly shows the when some company feels small and frustrated.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 08:11 6

31. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


iDisAgree, Apple has changed a great deal, par example, it used to be that Apple's iPhone releases would always be accompanied by not more than one defect per refresh. Unfortunately, as Apple moves forward without Steve Jobs, their iPhone 5 "refresh" is riDDled with iDefects, e.g.,

1. MisguiDing Maps
2. Lavenderly Hued photos (very feminine, great for Metrosexuals)
3. Screeching lines across their virtual keyboard (a real iSore)
4. Dings, bangs, scrapes and bruises fresh out-of-the-iBox
5. ETC, still waiting on more iDefects to be discovered.

It's a shame what's happened to Apple, really it is.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 08:19 2

33. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"I'm sorry, but Apple users don't feel cheated, disrespected and lied to."

Yes, I agree with you they don't feel cheated, disrespected and lied to. But in this case feelings and reality are two different things.

Let's say that I lied for an person and that person did not realized that I lied, then it doesn't count as a lie and doesn't count as pathetic?

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 08:25 3

34. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Usually after new smartphone release you can check YouTube and find customers complaints about one or two main problems. But when I have searched for "iPhone 5 Problems" in YouTube and Google, I was SHOCKED, I have found so much people complaining about so much different iPhone 5 problems. Not one or two main problems but DOZENS of different problems! Maybe it is just me, but I have never before saw so much complaints about such big amount of different problems for one single smartphone after so short time after release!

There is a bunch of different screen problems like a flickering, bad screen sensitivity, even yellow marks on the screen or flashing.
There is bunch of complaints about antenna problems.
There is complaints about Ambient Light Sensor problems.
There is complaints about various sound problems.
There is complaints about purple tints in pictures.
There is complaints about iPhone 5 scratches out of the box.
There is complaints about WiFi problems.
There is complaints about keyboard problems.
There is even a problem called "Light Leak".
And so on and on...

And I'm even not talking about iOS 6 or Apple Maps problems...

And you know what is the most pathetic in this case, that Apple already knew about some of these problems even before release. For example about build quality problems they knew even before release but they just dont care about that...

Watch video:
"Foxconn Worker Claims New iPhone 5 is Poorly Made"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0l4vpyQIafY

And you know what Apple's response is the same as always: "IT IS NORMAL!"
Purple tints on Apple iPhone 5 pictures is the camera's normal behavior or iPhone 5 scratches out of the box are also normal...

And everyone who don't believe what I say about all these problems and or think that I'm just trolling, just go to YouTube and search for "iPhone 5 Problems" also you can find many complains on Google, just Google for it! ;)

P.S.
And please don't say that I'm trolling because:
1) It is my opinion.
2) It is based on real customers complaints out of the internet.
3) It is based on many articles in different web sites.
So it is not fake story created by me!

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 08:56 8

39. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Remember when Apple was claiming that iOS 6 is "The 'world's most advanced mobile operating system." - Isn't this called a lie?

Remember when Apple was claiming that Apple Maps "The most beautiful, powerful mapping service ever." - Isn't this called a lie?

Remember Apple response to customers complaints due to antenna problems "You're holding it wrong!" - Isn't that pathetic disrespect, disregard and lie for customer?

Remember Apple response to customers "Use iMessage instead of SMS!" when there was SMS security problems. - Isn't that pathetic disrespect, disregard and arrogance?

Remember about Phone 5 scratches out of the box and what Apple's response to customers complaints "It is normal!" - Isn't that pathetic disrespect, disregard and lie for customer?

Or remember about Purple tints on Apple iPhone 5 pictures, Apple's response also was "It is normal!" - Isn't that pathetic disrespect, disregard and lie for customer?

Also Apple already knew about some iPhone 5 problems even before release. For example about build quality problems they knew even before release but they just dont care about that and I call it disrespect for customer!

Watch video:
"Foxconn Worker Claims New iPhone 5 is Poorly Made"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0l4vpyQIafY

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 09:00 2

41. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"No, it's not lie if person doesn't know that..."

If perso who is lying doesn't know that he is lying, then it is not lie but in other way it is lie. Anyway Apple knows about all own lies. ;)

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 09:11 3

45. No_Nonsense (unregistered)


Sorry for posting it twice but anyways here's my reply:

I don't know which Samsung ad was a failure but Nokia did apologise for the ad fiasco. Apple didn't even bother to address the iphone 5 problems except the maps one. And in which way the iphone 5 trumps the S3? I'd like to know everything else than the android authority drop test and the first IP5 benchmark that appeared.

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 09:16 1

47. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Cult things have tendency to be overblown in mass media out of proportions, and so are all those examples.

Apple is not doing anything more unethical than other companies that market themsleves, however they are under the microscope because it's trendy now to hate Apple.

Antennagate - overblown. I've never noticed somthing that bothers me.

Scratches - overblown. You'll se when things cool out a bit.

Purple tint - already proved false.

Foxconn worker - lie. media engineering.

Apple Maps - logical situation of any service provider, soon it will be right on track with others.

So, nothing strange enough to be actually catastrophic towards buyers. Nothing different than other companies' doings. They still percieve Apple products as great. But, as I said, everything of Apple is now under microscope, because tendency is like that.

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