Apple stands no chance without Steve Jobs (poll results)

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!

Will Apple lose the smartphone war without Steve Jobs?

Yes, Steve Jobs was the mastermind behind it all.
No, Apple is already a well-oiled machine.
Too early to tell!



1. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

only time will tell

3. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

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

15. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 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

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

44. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Who said that people acted reasonably? ;-)

16. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 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

56. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

2. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

What a nail-biter.

4. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

just find a new copycatter =)

5. kboo1995 unregistered

As you said Only time will tell

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

10. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 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

23. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

11. flower99

Posts: 54; Member since: Nov 18, 2012

thats why i vote time will tell

12. flower99

Posts: 54; Member since: Nov 18, 2012

thats why i vote time will tell

17. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

8. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 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... :)

27. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Woz is king!

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

well...that escalated quickly


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

21. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

14. neurobiologist

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 07, 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.

20. jpjr1

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 26, 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.

22. sudbury78

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

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

28. Theblaxican

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 08, 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.

54. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

55. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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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