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Tim Cook made some very significant changes at Apple today at the highest management levels. The official announcement is here.
But the board (presumably taking into account the views of the dying Steve Jobs) selected Tim Cook for the CEO position. Then came the maps fiasco, which was directly within Forstall’s area of responsibility.
One other point: Apple was very shrewd to use a two day shut-down of the stock market to make this announcement.
- iOS Head Scott Forstall Out at Apple (technologyreview.com)
- Apple Announces Management Changes: Scott Forstall and John Browett Out, Ive and Others Add Responsibilities (macrumors.com)
- Tim Cook emails employees; thanks Scott Forstall, says Bob Mansfield to stay on for two years (9to5mac.com)
- Biographical details on Apple’s Scott Forstall (seattlepi.com)
… have looked at this site.
It has been a year since Steve Jobs’ death.
Apple remembers (video).
When Apple Inc AAPL founder Steve Jobs died after a long fight with cancer last year, software engineer Tony Tseung sent an email to a Buddhist group in Thailand to find out what happened to his old boss now that he’s no longer of this world.
This month, Mr. Tseung received his answer. Mr. Jobs has been reincarnated as a celestial warrior-philosopher, the Dhammakaya group said in a special television broadcast, and he’s living in a mystical glass palace hovering above his old office at Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters.
The Center for Design Innovation has posted a talk by Steve Jobs recorded in 1983 that focuses on his ideas about the future of personal computing. I have never seen this before. Its a good one.
You can listen to the audio below. There is no video of Steve Jobs speaking.
In 2005, if you were Steve Jobs, would you have approved the launch of the iPhone? It seems simple now to say yes. But Kontra has detailed the enormous risks and challenges involved and after reading them I think I would likely have declined to launch iPhone.
Read the essay and see for yourself what a bold move Jobs took.
Here are a couple of interesting takes, by Piper Jaffrey analyst Gene Munster and blogger Horace Dediu, on the future of Apple without Steve Jobs.
(via Phillip Elmer-DeWitt)
Disclosure: I am long AAPL.
It’s like we said on the iPad, if you see a stylus, they blew it.
– Steve Jobs, pointing out that a truly effective touch-based device should never need a stylus, which is really a mouse substitute. A stylus divides the functioning of the device unnecessarily, when creative use of touch can avoid the need. The announced Microsoft Surface has a stylus.
Steve Jobs also said this:
Who wants a stylus. You have to get em and put em away, and you lose em. Yuck. Nobody wants a stylus.
Just look at what the iPad can do sans stylus:
Steve Jobs spoke 6 times at All Things D conferences. Now Apple and the Wall Street Journal are making high resolution videos of these interviews available through iTunes. If you are interested in the man, you should download the set. Here is an iTunes link to the video collection. If you only want the audio, use this link.
It took him more than a week, but Mike Daisey finally apologizes.
Perversely, he does apologize to virtually everyone, but not to Apple or to Foxconn.