To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community: I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
Trip Hawkins the CEO of Digital Chocolate and former exec of Apple from the 80′s has some insight into the eventual fall of Apple. He states Apple is just like the Roman empire and eventually it will face its decline, in fact he says Apple is at its peak. Which is probably true as Apple has very few tricks up its sleeves for new products. We all know that the iPhone will get more powerful, as will the iPad, and the Mac product line as well. Apple is slowly working its way into video, but after that and after Jobs what could happen?
We’ll for one, like a lot of companies out there Apple could try becoming all things to their customers. That’s really bad, not only for consumers, but the market as well. Its something we have seen in Cisco when they began trying to do things that were outside its core business of network products. Microsoft did the same thing by trying to do software, hardware, games, and cell phones. Windows suffered and it took years for a viable Windows 7 to reach the market.
In the end Steve needs to lay out some sort of game plan for his successor and the top exec’s at Apple need to know this as well. Steve is pretty hard-nosed on how a product should look, but he’s laid a good foundation on how that should be and his successor just has to follow the path that Steve has blazed. What he needs to have them focus on is Apple’s core strengths and what really needs to be focused on.
So in an interview over at Computing UK, Kaspersky’s CEO said Apple should open iOS code up to them so they can help prevent viruses and malware. It’s hilarious that this guy would think that opening the system up would allow them to “Help” us. Frankly I think the AV companies play both sides of the fence which goes to explain why there are millions of definitions on normal AV programs, back in the 90′s when this was not a big issue, the virus definition table was a few hundred to a few thousand. I believe Apple is doing the right thing being the single choke point for App approval, there have been a few malware attempts for Jail Breaking phones, and in that case, Jailbreaks are actually using holes malware could exploit in the first place. Which to me is the service Jailbreakers provide. Exposure. Aside from having an antivirus program on your phone most search engines provide alerts to infected pages, and frankly AV on iOS will just kill battery life and add complexity to the phones.
We’ll it’s going to be a day late, and a iPod short. Apple’s 2011 Back To School promotion starts Thursday June 16th and runs through September 20th. This year they are offering a 100 dollars iTunes gift card. This is the gift that will keep giving. Back to Apple that is. Though the money can be used to stock up on essential apps or just get you some fresh music.
This link should work tomorrow, I will update it if it becomes different. Currently it points to the expiration of last years B2S sale.
We’ll if you’re in the market for a charging system that’s the size of your desk wirelessly then Apple may have that for you someday as revealed by a recent patent application.(physorg.com) Apple has a history of taking things and making them better, so if Apple were to release an inductive charging system, it’s probably going to be better than what we have today.
It’s a virtual tie at the moment, but Robin Wauters over at TechCrunch writes that Apple’s 301 Billion market cap is tied to the combined amounts of Microsoft 200 Billion, HP 72 Billion, and Dell 29, Billion. She also goes to talk about how it’s not the best metric, but one metric I consider is the actions of these three companies. Microsoft is a day late and many dollars short with their WP7 phones of which Carriers liken them to the plague. Followed by the huge mass of companies touting tablet computers which rarely eclipse the iPad 2 in features or usability. Now after Jobs talks of the desktop being dead, you can already see companies like HP maneuvering into position to hedge against that doomsday prediction of the demise of the PC.
If this is true then customers who has a compatible CDMA or GSM service in the US will be able to buy an iPhone unlocked for full retail price and use it on a carrier of their choosing. This information provided by Chronicwire over at Twitter is the latest in a series of Rumors including the Back to School sales, and a refresh of the MacBook Air hardware to include Sandybridge and Thunderbolt. It looks like these announcements will be quiet and expect to see the next Apple media event sometime in September for their usual, but this time we may get a date for iOS 5, although Fall technically goes through Dec 21st, lets hope that Apple does not pull an AT&T with the launch date.
CNN Money has an article on the WWDC conference and people noticed Apple stock set to 376 a share in the iOS 5 demo. In reality the price was lower, and due to the poor performance of the stock market, Apples shares were down over 5% which was average for the rest of the market as well.
Reports before have hinted at a visual refresh on Tuesday June 14th, and last night Chronicwire over at twitter mentioned it would be for the Back to School promotion along with a hardware refresh of the MacBook Air releasing on Wednesday.