Will Apple lose the smartphone war without Steve Jobs?

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.

Will Apple lose the smartphone war without Steve Jobs?

Yes, Steve Jobs was the mastermind behind it all.
69.62%
No, Apple is already a well-oiled machine.
7.9%
Too early to tell!
22.48%


via: Neowin

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96 Comments

1. MeoCao unregistered

Apple would lose the mobile war and with Jobs.

5. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Correct

13. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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!

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

42. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

78. kboo1995 unregistered

about the grammar mistakes (sorry english is my 3rd language) iam not here to fight about which OS is better like a 14 years old kid what iam trying to say is ......... you and many other people like freedom and colored widgets in the background but there is other people in the world like simple fast and malwarefree OS got it?

81. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

yikes! you were "slightly" ok until you added malware in there man :(

90. webOSlove unregistered

I'm 14, and I don't argue about tedious OSes with my friends.

88. metalpoet unregistered

PAPINYC i fully support you in what you said! I regret getting my GS3 because i want that Note 2 for verizon but either way apple is doomed to fail. But i feel i have to put this on here because i almost cried for mankind when i encountered these two evil spoiled lil sh*tz! two kids were checkin out some phones in my store and i asked how i could help them very nicely and they very snarky like said "oh no we were just comparing our iPhone 5's to the inferior materials and technology in the Samsung Galaxy S3, i mean who would ever buy some plastic cellphone" and before i had security escort them and ban them from the store, i very kindly said "well people would buy a phone built from plastic because just in case they drop it, it wont break compared the fragile glass in an iPhone"

73. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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!

93. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Ya agree there was a issue , but not supplying issue it was no innovation and old UI issue :p And alot of law suite ? And who started it ...

21. Ray.S

Posts: 459; Member since: Jul 19, 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.

25. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

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.

46. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

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.

83. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ok thats a fair post.

56. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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!!

84. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hi Nathan. Bye Nathan.

92. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrre Darrky, Darrky, Darrky... Darn, that old dog is getting too old!!! ...and to top it, he won't eat anything unless it's iPedigree!!

50. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 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.

89. metalpoet unregistered

every wireless carrier i ever worked for paid you crap for selling an iPhone compared to selling an android!

94. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Money is not everything .. Innovation is.. U can survive with over 150% profit getting on each sale .. like Apple But no innovation u r almost gone .. Eg. Nokia, BB(RIM)..

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 Especially GOOGLE AND SAMSUNG

15. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Then that means google stole too

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

41. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

43. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nope ur not.

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.

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