Watch Tim Cook's full D11 interview: Jony Ive work on iOS 7 'magic', market share not Apple's game
posted by Daniel P. / May 29, 2013, 2:30 AM
The CEO of the world's most profitable tech company reiterated that in the post-PC world success will come to those who fuse together top-notch hardware, software and services until you don't know "what is what". Sounds about right, but one area Apple's been stalling lately has been iOS, and it turns out that Tim Cook is extremely pleased with his decision to get rid of Scott Forstall and hand over the iOS look and feel to the brilliant designer mind of Sir Jony Ive. WWDC is just a few days away, so we'll know more about the results when iOS 7 gets announced very soon.
Tim Cook also announced that Apple has bagged the former EPA boss Lisa Jackson to head its environmental efforts, which is a commendable hire, of course, and one case where the revolving door between the public and private sectors is not such a bad thing.
As for the rise of capable competition and Android's unabating market share lead, Apple's CEO replied that it's not at all about market share, but the best products that take the choice and guesswork out of the consumer's purchase decision, and they've always had capable competition in the face of Microsoft, now adding Samsung and Google, but have always been able to put up a good fight.
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I think someone should've told him Jony Ive designs hardware, not software. iOS 7 will be a disaster.
posted on May 29, 2013, 2:34 AM 5
I don't think so. Apple must have to redesign its UI otherwise they will lose their battle.
posted on May 29, 2013, 2:39 AM 4
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And what do Android fans have to gain from a potential iOS "disaster"? A little temporary schadenfreude? Let's not forget the impact iOS has had on the entire mobile landscape. Innovation by Apple, Google and MS is good for us all.
posted on May 29, 2013, 7:14 AM 1
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Funny, Apple execs weren't so quick to dismiss their market share a couple years back when the iPad had 85% of the tablet market. I guess it's only important when you're winning.
posted on May 29, 2013, 7:19 AM 3
Apple's business model doesn't depend on them having high market share. Macs have been a minority for decades, yet Apple has remained profitable (and their PC business is still growing while Dell/HP are in decline). It's the same with the iPhone, it was never dominant in terms of market share. Even when it was new, it was still eclipsed in market share by Symbian/BB/etc.
posted on May 29, 2013, 1:13 PM 0
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Well that's what every CEO says in light of dropping market share because of the impact it will have on existing shareholders. Cook knows the truth but he can just come out and say " yeah were losing market share because Google and Samsung are coming on strong I don't think we can hold back their success" That would cause a run on the stock. Remember Elop and his disastrous remark the "burning platform" before Nokia even had a wp device to introduce ( took them about a 1 year I think before the first windows device was offered ). No Cook said the right thing. However, I would take a wait and see approach on this as Mr Ives can't make such drastic changes to the OS or Apple faces Alienating its users that love ease and simplicity and if it doesn't make big changes then it will fall further behind. It's not a win win situation in my opinion for Apple because they established such a solid brand - that it can't be tampered with ( can't change the Coke formula < remember that big debacle>) or else face a sever backlash. iOS7 has to fall some where in between to be considered somewhat a success.
posted on May 29, 2013, 9:24 AM 1
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