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Will Apple lose the smartphone war without Steve Jobs?

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Will Apple lose the smartphone war without Steve Jobs?
It seems some entrepreneurs and analysts believe that without Steve Jobs guiding the company, Apple will slowly lose the smartphone war to Google. Most of you probably know that Google's Android already commands a much larger share of the market, and has been doing so for quite a while, but the reality is that Apple's still raking in much bigger profits, thanks to its extraordinary profit margins.

Apparently, Elon Musk, founder of companies like Tesla and SpaceX, thinks that this is going to change at some point, "because Jobs is out of the picture". He has also added that "It really makes a difference who runs the company. [Google CEO] Larry Page is quite good and probably in the long run will come out on top."

People are mainly criticizing Apple for the lack of visible innovation these days. While it is regularly updating its iOS platform, a much-anticipated visual overhaul is yet to happen. In addition, users seem to be getting a bit tired of the old user experience concept requiring almost everything to go through iTunes. Even Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is among this group of unhappy people, recently saying that Microsoft's latest efforts might be somewhat more innovative than Apple's. Some are willing to put the blame on Apple's new CEO, Tim Cook, who's proven to be a brilliant operations expert, but not much of a technology innovator.

So let's see what you think about this, then. We've put together a small poll here, so you can just voice you opinion on the matter.

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

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posted on 26 Nov 2012, 06:35 3

16. kboo1995 (unregistered)

I am sorry hater
But you can't judge
This year was a rough year do to supplier issues and (alot) of lawsiuts
It is too early to tell

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:18 2

30. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

People don't care nor bothered, cause it's cool to and the latest trend!

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 05:53 68

1. MeoCao (unregistered)

Apple would lose the mobile war and with Jobs.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 06:01 36

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


posted on 26 Nov 2012, 06:11 4

7. kboo1995 (unregistered)

I feel sorry for you man
You are just too retarded even to speak
Steve jobs is basically is the one behind all the ideas in the market rigth know
Samsung ,htc,LG,google they all are really good in one thing
Stealing ideas
Either you want it or not 2-3 years from know they will all run out of (stolen) ideas and go down

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 06:20 13

11. iWorld (Posts: 85; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Apple will survive only if they start copying Android,Windows features as they did to apple

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 06:27 32

13. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

Actually Apple has lost the war already!
Didnt anyone catch the article on PA ranking smartphone manufacturers by sales figures.

Numero Uno was Sammy with around 59 million units sold and Apple was second with only 26 million units....so i guess this poll is irrelevant!

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 06:32 2

14. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

Agreed too. I am an android fan and i salute steve for his really revolutionary innovation. Now steve is gone and Apple's new Tim isn't as innovative as Steve... How is apple gonna win?

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 06:33 31

15. tedkord (Posts: 13236; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

All Apple ever did was steal ideas. Slide to unlock - the Neonode N1m. The iPhone form- the LG Prada. Drop down notification shade- Android. Grid of icons on a phone - Palm.

All the way back to the graphical user interface - stolen from Xerox PARC.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 06:35 8

17. Rocksteady (unregistered)

You have no idea what you're talking about.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 06:41 10

21. Ray.S (Posts: 373; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

As we said in the post, there are much more Androids being sold than iPhones, but iPhones bring much more money, so it's not like the poll is irrelevant.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 06:57 3

25. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Unless you are Samsung. Then Androids bring as much $ as iPhones.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:00 10

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

Nicely brainwashed..... iOS is completely inferior product...... just watch any comparison with Android...... iOS looks like a toddler ;-)

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:28 9

31. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

They are already doing it with no shame

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:38 3

35. darkkjedii (Posts: 23616; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Then that means google stole too

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:42

37. darkkjedii (Posts: 23616; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Ted it seems that all u do now is troll apple articles to point out what apples done, but no one in tech or business period has clean hands. U used to make really good comments, now u just seem to be a stereotypical apple basher.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:44 12

39. MeoCao (unregistered)

I think Apple will always have good margin, that's where they position their products.

But to talk about war of platforms we must talk about market share, and Apple has already lost the war in smart phones.

They will lose and tablet war next year.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:50 16

41. tedkord (Posts: 13236; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

I responded to a troll in the same fashionh he posted. I'm not here to please you.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:51 17

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

'do to supplier issues'? Well, you're dead wrong, literally and grammatically, it was a 'rough year due to' that iHideous Purple rAin camera; 'due to' that revolutionary new headphone jack; 'due to' all past accessories being iObsolete 'due to' a brand new (and must-have) connector; 'due to' that stuck in 2009 small @ss screen. Yes, Apple will fail!! Not because their mAster is iDead but, because Apple is so damn rigidly controlling.

Personally, I am making my full retail contribution to Samsung and Android on Thursday morning, November 29th, when I walk into my local NYC Verizon store and walk out with my Galaxy Note II; three times the size of your MiCro-iPhone.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 08:30 7

47. MeoCao (unregistered)

Haha, I want Apple to be more open like using standard USB port, allowing more options on iOS like default browser, keyboard, using standard media format...

that's for a start man.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 08:06

43. darkkjedii (Posts: 23616; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Nope ur not.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 08:16 1

46. darkkjedii (Posts: 23616; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Lmao dude please tell us once and for all what you'd like to see happen to apple

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 09:07 5

50. nofear (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)

Of course Apple bring more money because it has no expend on R&D, bring in law suit money and lack of innovate idea - Tim Cook. Despite of law suit, Apple wants the court to included Samsung's new device - GS3 and Note II as part of patent infringement.

Overall, Apple is literally will be losing mobile market. ppl have undoubted about it. you should look at all iDevice for yourself and myself included when walked through isle of iDevice - iPhon5, meh! Why bother? it is wasting of my time.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 09:13 8

51. SleepingOz (unregistered)

How is his comments bashing apple? Isn't that the truth? Quit being in denial and butthurt buddy. You're making fool of yourself.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 09:30 2

56. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4218; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Don't go asking stupid questions like that Darkky... iPhone may be a good phone, but it doesn't mean everything is in it!!

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 09:35 5

57. SleepingOz (unregistered)

How dare you?! It's just a matter of preference, you know.
iOS is not "inferior", it's just that Android the most advanced mobile OS out there.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 09:40 4

58. switza93 (Posts: 19; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)

Apple never has and never will have a chance against the new fleet of Android phones coming onto the market. Thousands of people leave Apple for Android on a daily basis. Apple will fall like RIM...

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 11:36 2

65. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 901; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

They actually have a better chance without him cause he was too rigid and the market is changing. Apple's biggest drawbacks are bad press from stupid lawsuits and refusing to adapt to the market. The we are Apple and can do no wrong mentality can only go so far. Don't believe me? Ask RIM.

These new iphones with slightly better specs and unchanging software is reminding me of the Blackberry BOLD.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 14:18 3

73. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

really? really? really? PUHLEEZ FANBOY!
dude Apple cretaes shortage of their product supply in the market to increase product demand...they do it every year and this year when Apple has lost its number one position you are once again turning to supplier excuses only this time you blame Apple's downfall on them?

grow up mate....apple has to take responsibility for its own shortcomings without pointing fingers...its the only way they can make a better product and that holds true for every company!

And what lawsuits? Sammy was being barraged by Apple and was equally involved in lawsuits like Apple but even then they managed to produce winner devices and even though Sammy lost one lawsuit I guess they;re the real winners as theey outsold Apple by more than double!

It may be too early too tell for you but the consumers have become smarter and realized that Apple overprices, overcharges and oversells their inferior hardware and software...so Fanboy get a life and crwal out from under your rock!

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 15:54

75. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Apple set the tone of "How To STEAL" arrogantly and get away with it in US of America with help of Govt machinary called Patent Office :)

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