Former Apple engineer blames Tim Cook for making the company "boring"
by Plamen Dimitrov / Jan 20, 2017, 2:39 AM
Currently, there are concerns that there is not that much room left for innovation with the smartphone. There is also the discontent that stems from Apple's neglect of previously vital product lines such as the Mac, so it's hardly surprising that Cook's policies are being questioned.
The latest batch of criticism comes from Bob Burrough - a former Apple engineer, who worked both under Steve Jobs and Tim Cook. In an interview with CNBC, Burrough said that Tim Cook turned the tech giant “from a dynamic change-maker into a boring operations company”. He further stated that while the original iPhone was in the works, the company was in “chaos”, which eventually led to Apple's biggest invention and the creation of a product that still leads the market to this day:
According to Burrough, nowadays, the “dynamic has clearly and distinctly changed” and the engineer says that Apple is much closer to his job at Palm:
Others, like Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Blank, have compared Tim Cook's management style to that of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. When Ballmer took over from Bill Gates, he managed to triple Microsoft sales, but during his tenure, the tech giant also missed the opportunity to become a major player on the mobile market. It remains to be seen whether Apple will share the same fate as Microsoft and miss out on “the next big thing” in consumer electronics, but considering the company's reputation and vast resources, it still seems unlikely that future Apple products won't sell, even if they are not as groundbreaking as the original iPhone.
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True and aside the hype, ordinary the iPhone should be a $450 smartphone or maybe $500 smartphone at best. Such a boring product even though I admittedly like it's designs than most other companies and even at that, other companies have caught up and surpassed them in these regards. Too bad.
posted on Jan 20, 2017, 2:49 AM 11
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The thing is, Android users and iOS users don't see eye to eye. The price will always shoot upwards as long as there are customers who will buy the product(s) no matter what they present. Personally, I won't buy a device that's north of $500 on any platform.
posted on Jan 20, 2017, 3:24 AM 1
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It's not just the physical design of the smartphone, but it's the iOS user experience. With Android you can change the look and feel of the device to make it look and feel like an iPhone, or you can make it look and feel like a Windows phone, a blackberry, or anything you want. There is tons of launchers for Android. Not to mention there is a lot more tools and utilities for Android, which you just cannot get on iOS. iOS to this day still does have real multitasking. With Android smartphones you can even have split screen multitasking. Impossible on iPhones. You always see the latest tech come to Android first. You want the best mobile VR experience, then you don't look at iPhones. There is so many areas where iPhones are lacking, period.
posted on Jan 20, 2017, 11:49 PM 1
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@Bankz. Fandroidism runs deep in your veins. You tried your best at masking it by admitting your love for the design, yet you say it should cost around $450-500. Perhaps you could not afford it and settled for the next best thing so you are blatantly lying to yourself in order to make youself feel better.
posted on Jan 20, 2017, 3:55 AM 0
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iPhones are the poor persons luxury phone really.. Most of them sell on contract to poor people like you, who think they're going to look rich if they get an iPhone. The rest of the world buys phones as they see fit for more practical reasons. Still, there are phones more expensive in the Android ecosystem that are actually worth the price.
posted on Jan 20, 2017, 9:08 AM 3
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Even their most innovative iPhone has become boring. They choose to make the same phone yearly with incremental spec improvement.
posted on Jan 20, 2017, 2:50 AM 12
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Yet it ranks at the top of the antutu benchmarks.
posted on Jan 20, 2017, 3:57 AM 0
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What do benchmarks/speed have to do with whether or not a phone is boring? I've used iPhones since it's inception, and over years, they've become increasingly more boring to me. Great device, but I'd call it the San Antonio Spurs of smartphones...
posted on Jan 20, 2017, 5:34 AM 8
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Tim Cook is the best CEO after Steve Jobs. Nothing that Apple does is boring. The iPhone is not boring. It's the best smartphone around because it's universally unlocked and has FFS, and because it's an iPhone, obviously. That engineer is just being salty because he no longer works for Apple.
posted on Jan 20, 2017, 3:39 AM 1
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You must be brainwashed.
posted on Jan 20, 2017, 3:44 AM 13
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