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Jobs resigns from Apple

Post by Jay Cline » Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:47 pm

Title says it all. The letter:

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.

Steve
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Re: Jobs resigns from Apple

Post by Stephen Hart » Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:44 am

Macintouch has a number of links about Jobs that might be interesting.

Here's one I recommend:
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2011/08/24/ ... st-quotes/

Sample:
The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have. [Wired, February 1996]

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“For something this complicated, it’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

“The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it to a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people––as remarkable as the telephone.” [Playboy, Feb. 1, 1985]

The desktop metaphor was invented because one, you were a stand-alone device, and two, you had to manage your own storage. That’s a very big thing in a desktop world. And that may go away. You may not have to manage your own storage. You may not store much before too long. [Wired, February 1996]
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."
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Re: Jobs resigns from Apple

Post by Stephen Hart » Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:06 am

Also, note the timing of this announcement: right between the release of Lion and the release of iOS 5/iPhone 5.

And note "our succession plan."

As you'd expect from a large company, little is left to chance.
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Re: Jobs resigns from Apple

Post by Jay Cline » Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:48 am

I like Jobs quote on not using focus groups to find out what people want. They asked themselves what they would want and then built it.

"We did iTunes because we all love music. We made what we thought was the best jukebox in iTunes. Then we all wanted to carry our whole music libraries around with us. The team worked really hard. And the reason that they worked so hard is because we all wanted one. You know? I mean, the first few hundred customers were us.

"It's not about pop culture, and it's not about fooling people, and it's not about convincing people that they want something they don't. We figure out what we want. And I think we're pretty good at having the right discipline to think through whether a lot of other people are going to want it, too. That's what we get paid to do.

"So you can't go out and ask people, you know, what the next big [thing.] There's a great quote by Henry Ford, right? He said, 'If I'd have asked my customers what they wanted, they would have told me "A faster horse." ' "
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Re: Jobs resigns from Apple

Post by Jay Cline » Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:06 pm

SAN FRANCISCO—Following the resignation of Apple founder Steve Jobs, incoming CEO Tim Cook called a meeting of shareholders and members of the press Thursday morning to announce that he envisioned printers as the company’s future. “Laser, ink-jet, double-sided, color, black-and-white—the future of technology is in printers. I am absolutely convinced of that,” Cook explained to a packed auditorium as a montage of printers and people using printers played on a screen behind him. “What is the one thing people will always need? It’s obvious: printers. Printers with fax machines attached, printers that collate and staple, perhaps a printer that makes photocopies. Anything’s possible. It’s called innovation.” Cook concluded his remarks by assuring investors the release of upcoming Apple products such as the iPhone 5 would be postponed for at least four years so the company could throw all its time and resources into the creation of high-quality printers for the home and office. "Image"
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Re: Jobs resigns from Apple

Post by Stephen Hart » Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:42 pm

And in strong support of Jay's post, Apple just filed a patent application on printers with embedded drivers.
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Re: Jobs resigns from Apple

Post by Stephen Hart » Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:43 pm

And now we return you to our regular programming.

Steve's patents:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011 ... ts.html?hp

OK, well, it's just all the patents with his name on them, but still...
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Re: Jobs resigns from Apple

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