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After reading this article by the Guardian Unlimited I’ve been thinking about Steve Jobs and his eventual departure from Apple. Is Steve Jobs the reason for Apple’s comeback and amazing success? Can Apple survive without him at the helm? After Bill Gate’s announced retirement from day-to-day […]

After reading this article by the Guardian Unlimited I’ve been thinking about Steve Jobs and his eventual departure from Apple. Is Steve Jobs the reason for Apple’s comeback and amazing success? Can Apple survive without him at the helm?

After Bill Gate’s announced retirement from day-to-day operations at Microsoft, which a lot of people said would never happen, people in the Apple community are starting to wonder what would happen if Apple’s CEO decided to call it quits.

I think it is important to remember the key differences between Apple and Microsoft. Microsoft publicly announces everything years ahead of time. When Gates announced he would retire in two years, he had already been making plans for several years.

You can be sure when Jobs decides to leave Apple, he will also make plans. The only difference is that we won’t hear about them until he’s gone. Remember the iPod? The Apple Store? It is Apple’s corporate policy to keep everything top secret until released, so I have no doubt Jobs’ retirement will be the same.

Also, I have a feeling Jobs will be staying with us for a few more years. With the exciting switch to Intel and still more innovations coming from the digital entertainment industry I don’t think Jobs is going to want out anytime soon. When he does decide to let go of his $1/year salary, you can be sure that we won’t know about it until he announces he’s gone at that year’s MacWorld Expo.

  1. Jason Terhorst Tuesday, August 1, 2006

    One word: cloning.

  2. Apple also kept the Intel transition plans secret BUT had been planning & developing it for 5 years. They don’t do things by accident.

  3. Maybe he is grooming Al Gore to take over the leadership.

    After all – he did invent the Internet, right?

  4. David Rodgerson Tuesday, August 1, 2006

    I still think that Phil Schiller would do a good job. He may not have Jobs charisma, but I think he knows the ropes.

  5. Instead of !=, try using the actual symbol: option = to get ≠

    If it doesn’t show up properly on Windows, that’s their problem!

  6. Al Gore? *laughs* That was a good one.

  7. It’s true for EVERY company with a strong founder and one who’s business is dependeant on continual innovation.

    The advantage that Steve Jobs is he’s an engineer and a marketing/design genius so who are you to question him?

    The problem with Sculley was that the engineer’s did not respect him and he didn’t really grasp the bigger issues of Motorola falling behind and what to do …

    So how do you find someone engineers, marketers & desigers respect? Good freakin’ luck – even Bill Gates falls down on 2 out of 3 when compared to Steve Jobs … so you can see it’s not an easy task. And in the past few years, add movie studio executive who’s NEVER had a failure?

    And how many people have the respect of three different industries (including music?)

    You can find a lot of pure marketers but look at the scenario with the ipod … you think they would’ve been as tough as Steve Jobs? Or as detailed? He insisted that you could tell when you press in the headphones, it seems to “lock” into place … it’s not a huge part of the ipod but it’s like when you pull out the headphones, the songs pause – that’s the Steve Jobs/Apple touch that no one else gets. It all adds up.

    He is irreplacable but that’s life – at some point, a company is like your kid, you just hope you engrained enough of the good stuff and off they go – but the rest is unknown and unplotable.

    We also live in violtile times where things change overnight but instead of trying to out-guess the future, let;s just enjoy it for what it is.

    Steve Jobs does not seem like the guy who will want to retire so I hink he’ll be around for a while. He wants to create a name, a company (and himself) as immortal – here’s hoping that he succeeds but the road is hard.

    If you look at the Top 50 American companies from even 25 years, who’s still around in their present form?

    But that’s the way it goes. The East India Trading Company once owned a country and now is just a tiny company so … c’est la vie.

  8. In my very humble opinion, it’s Jonathan Ive and his brilliant industrial engineering team that has made Apple what it is, not Steve Jobs.

  9. I believe Steve Jobs will announce his successor in advance of his departure, other wise Apple’s stock will tank if he dropped a bomb. Remember, recently some of the most senior executives who arrived in 1997 with Steve have retired.

  10. To Yas,

    With regard to gadgets and computers, design is NOTHING without functionality and ease of use. Please don’t discredit the rest of Apple for their role in making great products.

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