Comments on: What Apple loses without Steve http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/01/15/what-apple-loses-without-steve/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Michael Rhian Driscoll http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/01/15/what-apple-loses-without-steve/#comment-6136 Tue, 27 Jan 2009 12:45:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=1303#comment-6136 Apple makes some wonderful products. However, their arrogance in terms of failing to provide a sufficiently powerful computer at a reasonable price, the way the Windows community does is very disappointing. Bring down the prices, boost the RAM and maybe get some of the Apple store people to curtail their technological high priest/priestess attitudes. Do that, and just maybe you will have the Windows community consider developing products that react to the Mac, instead of the other way around.

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By: jeffp http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/01/15/what-apple-loses-without-steve/#comment-5748 Thu, 22 Jan 2009 03:45:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=1303#comment-5748 Actually doesn’t look good for Steve and that’s so sad. The chances of him doing for the next 10, what he’s been doing for the past ten years are not good.

Steve drove the PC, and now the mobile industry! His contributions to OS, user interface and product design, media and software marketing are simply unmatched in the history of technology. Period.

Steve drove the PC industry in many respects by creating something MS had to at least attempt to do as well or better than. Apple has more control across the OS-hardware so they have a better time presenting a system that is truely integrated with the hardware.

Any other company that comes even close, is emulating Apple, Sony Vaio comes to mind ;-) I love my Sony, and I like picking up a 16″ laptop with one hand, light as a feather. And I’m very clear on the fact that my Vaio would not exist, would not be nearly as nice, would cost far more, etc if it was not the fact that they had a MBP to copy and steal ideas from.

And MS would work half as hard on their OS if they didn’t have Steve breathing down their neck, threatening to license Apple OS if MS starts sluffing off and losing market share.

Mid-90s, I agree Apple had little vision and no direction, was crap OS, patches, bother. I abandoned my Macs, couldn’t take my machine crashing so much. And Windows 95 at some point was simply better. If only because there was 10 times more software available and the OS was fully backward compatible with old PC software, where I was paying to update Apple software to get it to run. Linux was interesting too, so lots of alternatives to expensive machines that crashed constantly from Apple.

But since purchasing an iPhone, I’ve seen some new light from Apple. It surely surpasses the BSD with an new windowing system that is OSX. The gestures and the ideas presented in the interface, as well as the itunes software installs, all just stunning works of usability in computing. It’s more of a PC than a phone, but it has done much to merge media, communications and computing into one portable platform.

By far the most innovative product of the new millinium, the iPhone without question is driving the heart of the mobile industry just as the MBP drove the heart of the portable PC industry, just as the desktop machines Apple first released with OSX raised the bar and drove a great deal of PC innovation and copy catting by MS.

One facinating thing is the Goolge is far from matching what Apple has done, with it’s mobile Android. And Vista is only now getting close to what Apple has had with MBP for a long time now. My Vista Viao is wonderful, once I spend an hour configuring Vista to be efficient to use, turning off it’s security and installing my own.

But Apple has always appealed to a smaller market of high end users willing to pay for the best. And that has limited it’s direct market, as people are willing to wait for the knock-offs from the rest of the industry 1, 2 or 3 years down the road.

I think we take this aspect of Apple for granted. and will see a very different industry if Jobs leaves Apple, left to it’s own and I’d give it a year or two tops, before they start down the typical road of a company without it’s visionary founder.

One caveat; the vision of Steve is great, he has no ambition to leave Apple to start a new company, as he did with NEXT, and so he will be willing to share his long range thinking, unlike last time he left Apple on the rocks… (NEXT was just a way of creating a new platform and OS, and selling it back to Apple at a profit.)

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By: rosa diaz http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/01/15/what-apple-loses-without-steve/#comment-5733 Wed, 21 Jan 2009 21:47:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=1303#comment-5733 I am a 65 years old grandmother who just purchased her third computer last week.
This time it is an iMac (top of the line). First time I have an Apple computer.
It was suggested by my daughters who themselves have brand new iMac with all the bells and whistles and love them.
I was worried that I would have a hard time getting used to it.
It was super easy. I love it.
Everything is simple and almost perfect in the world of Mac.
Super customer service. Great company. Wish all companies were the same.
Steve Jobs is truly a genius, and a visionary.
Your are in my prayers Steve. God bless you.

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By: jason http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/01/15/what-apple-loses-without-steve/#comment-5549 Mon, 19 Jan 2009 20:34:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=1303#comment-5549 I certainly wish the best for he and his family. I love macintosh. I have owned 6 of them and all have worked without a hitch. My oldest one from 97′ still works as it did then.

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By: Kym Sipes http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/01/15/what-apple-loses-without-steve/#comment-5541 Mon, 19 Jan 2009 18:54:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=1303#comment-5541 Dear Mr Jobs,
I feel for you, I also have pancreatic cancer and it has spread to my liver. I was pregnant and I lost my baby due to my illness. All I can do is cry and pray. You are in my prayers. Sincerely Kimberly Sipes

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By: John Glenn http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/01/15/what-apple-loses-without-steve/#comment-5503 Mon, 19 Jan 2009 03:25:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=1303#comment-5503 To think that Apple will be the same without Steve is just silly. Steve Jobs is Apple and for anyone not to belive that is just foolish. There are only a few men in our history that have thoughts and visions that others don’t have. Steve is one of those unique men. The Apple name of course will go on but the products will not have the same inovation that we have seen in the past. Apple employees may be great, but you can’t teach vision and thats what will be lost when we loose Steve.
Get well Steve the world needs your vision.

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By: Robert http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/01/15/what-apple-loses-without-steve/#comment-5435 Sun, 18 Jan 2009 02:16:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=1303#comment-5435 Get well, Steve.

I imagine that Steve Jobs can be an SOB to work for (and I heard the same about Lockheed’s Kelly Johnson). But their people are (were in Johnson’s case) dedicated and darn good at their work. An inspirational manager who knows what he’s doing can be tough cookie to work for but, for the talented, immensely satisfying.

My guess is that Jobs has cultivated a culture at Apple that breeds success.

Rush Limbaugh had an excellent monologue last week praising Steve Jobs’ business acumen and devotion to success at Apple. Rush said the country needs more Steves. Ditto that.

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By: Bruce http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/01/15/what-apple-loses-without-steve/#comment-5429 Sun, 18 Jan 2009 00:27:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=1303#comment-5429 The people who are going to pray for Mr.Jobs should remember that only about 60 years ago (when I was young) praying for a cure
for a medical problem was very often of no use at all

It is better to put your trust in the current generation of Medical Professions .
They frequently get a good outcome.

Not that most people appreciate them .Still go in for saying “Thank God” when they recover.

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By: MommyWoman http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/01/15/what-apple-loses-without-steve/#comment-5383 Sat, 17 Jan 2009 06:26:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=1303#comment-5383 God bless Steve Jobs. I hope his health improves rapidly so that he may get on with his life, and the part he plays in the lives of us who are loyal to things Apple. My iMac is the best (fastest, easiest to use, intuitive, well thought out and just plain FUN) computing machine I have ever used and I absolutely love the fact that it accomplishes all that in the form of a true work of art. Funny, I never once felt that about ANY of my heat-belching, crashing, BSOD, Windows PCs…

Seriously, Steve will remain in my prayers for as long as they are needed. It’s really quite nice to have a crush on someone with a BRAIN in addition to their attractive packaging. Just don’t tell my husband I said that….

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By: Andril http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/01/15/what-apple-loses-without-steve/#comment-5367 Sat, 17 Jan 2009 00:29:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=1303#comment-5367 Remember the 90’s without Steve Jobs until 1999 Apple was at a stand still (http://www.scribd.com/doc/176946/Apple- Product-Timeline-Map). I love Apple and want Jobs to make a recovery – but I worry.

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