Steve Jobs to step down, replaced at Apple by Tim Cook
With Steve Jobs continuing to lose weight, rumors that the Apple co-founder had a serious illness like cancer was slowing down things at Cupertino. In fact, just a few days ago, a press release was issued to explain that Jobs' weight loss was due to a hormone problem. That took the pressure off a little bit, especially when Apple's CEO passed up on making his usual keynote speech at this MacWorld this year. Now comes the shocking news, from a letter sent by Jobs to simply, "Team", that Jobs' illness is more complex than thought and that he will take a leave of absence until the end of June. He will be replaced by Tim Cook, who will run the day to day operations at Apple while any "major strategic decisions" will still have to get a thumbs up from Mr. Jobs. The two Steves, Jobs and Wozniak, founded Apple. The latter Steve left first, followed by Jobs, to be replaced by John Sculley. When the Sculley era left nothing more than a depressed stock price, Jobs made a triumphant return which was followed quickly by the introduction of the iMac, the iPod, and the iconic iPhone which turned around the fortune of the company and the stock. Whether you are an Apple fan boy or not a fan of the company, you have to agree that Steve Jobs is a living legend and we wish him a speedy recovery.
1. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I absolutely despise Apple products. I think anyone who owns an iPod is a tool, and the i-lineup of products are a way to make you stay locked down by the sole proprietary evil corporation that tries to monopolize your choices for electronics to Apple branded material only. BUT!!!! before you immediately jump down my throat (all you apple tools). There is a reason you act this way. Let me elaborate. The quality of computers is consistent and reliable, way better than the average PC (Personally that is because the average PC owner is a fool and do not know, or want to know, how to use their computer, so they buy bad brands). The iMac was the beginning of s simple set-up, easy to use right out of the box computer that was easily adaptable by most users. The iPod revolutionized the portable music player and opened up a new world to digital media. Sculley drove Microsoft to become a technical monopoly owning more that 94% market share for computers globally. Mr. Jobs turned the image around for Mac and rebuilt a failing industry. The man is a technical genius. His determination drove Apple to new heights and as such, has woken Microsoft to from its beastly hibernation to attempt to make truly reliable product for everyone. He has help revolutionize the computer industry, the music industry, and the cell phone industry. I personally do not like the man, but I respect him more than most apple fan boys do.
2. VZWEMP (Posts: 158; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
i LOVE how you can sit here and say "i dont like the man" when i highly doubt you know him personally. jump off of your high horse. whether you like their products or not im baffled at the fact that you can sit here and judge a someone as personally as you just did without knowing them. now of course im assuming that you DO NOT know him...but highly doubt you know him personally enough to not to like him.
3. gba2000 (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 Dec 2008)
I love when iPods first came out everyone was wetting themselves, now since they're popular they suck. Hating on products just because they are popular is very tool-like.
5. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I never liked the iPod. NEVER! Not just recently, I think it is sad that people cannot spend 2 minutes alone in silence and college students will sit in a lecture class with one earbud in their ear. We wonder why kids have ADHD when we feed the fire for constant stimulation.
6. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
VZWEMP, I do not like the man becuase of his demeaner. I have listened to recordings quartlerly statements and from annual technical conferences and watched video conferences from MacWorld, etc. I DO NOT LIKE THE MAN. I am allowed to hold my own opinion, but I think he is a genius you fool. You are exactly the reason I wrote this post. And your response is typical of an apple fanboy.
4. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i never really understood the need for an ipod, as my phone has always done the exact same thing and it kept me from having 2 devices. also, wireless music is much better than being beaten by cords when jogging. that said, im not an apple fan because of the lack of customization that you can do, but the streamlined processing that goes on in an imac and iphone is just phenominal. that said, the iphone still sux as a phone/pda wannabe, so get over it! :) what kind of a person wishes someone they never met harm? wish him well, as its his presence that keeps everyone else from getting stagnant. he has done more for the industry as a whole, by doing what he does, than anything he has done with his company.
7. kryptostyx (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Jan 2009)
No joy in Appleville, eh, iDroids? The Maximum Leader has announced his "leave of absence," from One Infinite Loop. All criticism of Steve Jobs' business acumen aside, I would like to wish him a healthy and speedy recovery. That being said, it is time to challenge the notion that he is some great business visionary. First, we must examine what some consider to be one of Apple's biggest misses, the Newton. This (and wireless modem technology) was a pet project of John Sculley, the Apple CEO who had a dramatic standoff with Steve Jobs for control of Apple back in 1985. The Newton struggled initially, marred by glitches in the handwriting recognition system. However, over time the device improved, and in 1997 a keyboard version, the eMate 300, was produced. "As these new devices garnered positive press, Newton sales picked up, and it appeared Apple had finally delivered products worthy of the initial PDA promise. 'The MessagePad 2000 is a hot ticket item,' said Steve Elms, president of Newton Source, a chain of specialty stores with outlets in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. 'We can't keep it on our shelves.'...Benett revealed that Newton sales were about three times what they had been the previous quarter, well above projections...the marketplace was demonstrating a decisive preference for less-expensive, less capable devices." (Linzmayer 200) "On the product front, Apple was finally hitting on all cylinders with Newton...According to Amelio,"...Newton was breaking even and poised to be a money-earner for the company.'...analysts put the installed base for Newton OS 2.0-based units at roughly 150,000. the company reportedly has sold more than 150,000. The company reportedly had sold more than 10,000 MessagePad 2000s in the first six weeks after the product's introduction in March and expected to sell 50,000 to 75,000 units in 1997." (Linzmayer 200-201) Enter Steve Jobs, newly reinstated to Apple. "Steve Jobs had been running the company on an informal basis, and apparently this (further development of Newton) was just one of many of Amelio's decisions with which he didn't agree. On September 4, Newton Inc. executives met with Jobs, who told them not to bother moving into their new digs. Five days later, Apple announcement it would pull the Newton subsidiary back in...By the end of 1997, all Newton work had ceased at Apple...On February 27, 1998...Apple announced it would discontinue further development of Newton OS and devices...Although some speculated it was Jobs' way of getting back at Sculley for forcing him out of Apple in 1985, he explained, 'This decision is consistent with our strategy to focus all of our software development resources on extending the Macintosh operating system. To realize our ambitious plans, we must focus all of our efforts in one direction." (Linzmayer 201-203) Imagine how different your buying experience your buying experience at the cell phone dealer in 1998 might have been if Apple had delivered a cellular phone based off of Newton OS. Heck, maybe even a two-way pager with a QWERTY keyboard. It stands to a reason that a lot of the Nokia phones that that became the market leader would have been Newton phones instead. Maybe people would have chosen an Apple Mobitext pager instead of Research in Motion's Blackberries or Palm Treos. Instead, Jobs dumped the Newton and played also-ran to the Microsoft juggernaut while Nokia, RIM, and others cashed in on the wireless bonanza. Yes, Jobs sold a lot of iPods during that period, but how many more could they have sold if they had already had a Newton phone to combine it with? How many apps and ringtones could have been downloaded (and thus, profited from) in this time span? Apple later saw all the money that the cell phone guys were making and spent billions developing the iPhone and the OS, when they could have just used technology already in their possession. They got their little moment in the sun by making touch-screen mainstream, but look at the marketplace now: tons of alternatives and clones that will slowly but surely erode Apple's market share. Just like the 1990s! The App Store money stream won't last, either: the market is trending towards free, open-source software. How ironic is it that Jobs and Sculley had their famous battle in 1985? I wonder if Steve is wishing right now that he could go BACK TO THE FUTURE and play nice with John. We probably would have had a Newton phone comparable to a Blackberry by 1992 and Steve would have beaten Bill Gates at his own game. Or even time travel back to 1997 and rethink his decision to axe the Newton line. Oh, well, it doesn't really matter anymore, since Steve probably cashed out his shares long ago and Apple is, despite their propaganga flacks' best efforts to disguise it, a lame-duck company. One last thing before the power drains out of those non-user-replaceable batteries in your iPhones and iPods, O iDroids: these statistics are readily available from one of your own Cult of Mac books: "Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company" by Owen W. Linzmayer. I know you haven't read it, so instead of wasting your money on the latest iMistake, go bail out your local bookstore or library. That way, you could familiarize yourself with this company and make a (GASP!) INFORMED decision instead of buying the hype from the People's Republic.
8. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
All I can say is, WOW! Just plain WOW! This is the most nerdy, uninsightful piece of dribble that I think I have ever seen. I think you dear sir need to get off your computer and start living a life outside nerdville. Who cares? Apple is what it is, and Jobs is who he is. I do respect you have an opinion, as everyone is welcome to, but geez...If I didn't know better, I'd say you just might be this seemingly disgruntled sounding Sculley fellow.
9. Lythox (unregistered)
So many haters on apple products, while for example the iPhone is truly a great piece of hardware that has revolutionized the entire smartphone industry. You can deny all you want but without the iPhone we would never have the Android we have now, and no browsing the way we love it now.
Steve Jobs to step down, replaced at Apple by Tim Cook