After Google’s recently approved acquistion of Motorola + and X-box designer company Mike & Maaike, what do you think is Google’s grand plan with these revealing pieces in their hands?
My guess is they truly desireand are taking all necessary steps to pick up and take off just where Steve Jobs unfortunately left off in his ultimately successful retooling of Apple. It took him years Google is hoping to do it in months.
For Google watchers this mainly means Google becoming a diverse company that can easily morphand merge industries from software to online, and into hardware as they see fit, with really modern minimalist design as the key to unlocking market demand. So far they have made some very wise if not always ethical nor honorable choices.
Google is rapidly becoming an agile company built more in Apple’s mold than anything. This lesson could have been better learned by all those quickly falling and ultimately failing companies that been content to rest on their laurels and past glories.
I am not exactly sure what’s in store for us this year or if the doomsday prophecies are real, but for me stepping into a new year without a stirring Steve Jobs MacWorld keynote is less than dazzeling. The whole world of technology and innovation will continue but one of its brightest lights is dimmed and missing.
A print article I recently browsed seemed to suggest that maybe we should turn to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg as a possible Steve Jobs replacement. Surely you must be kidding me! Mark Zuckerberg is no Steve Jobs!
Three weeks ago in a post of predictions for the coming decade I predicted we might see the return of Bill Gates especially in the vacuum left by the passing of Apple’s Steve Jobs. Little did I know that thanks to Fortune Magazine that rumors and speculation was already starting to fly around that Gates might indeed return. It seems now that it is being confirmed at least in part. Gates pushed aside the notion of a full-time roll remaining committed to his foundation and philanthropic efforts.
This is not unusual. Steve Jobs was the template for execs jumping back in the mix to rescue the foundering ship they built from escalating troubles.
Currently his involment is primarily part-time and limited to offering guidance, advice and direction.
Speaking about Steve Jobs Gates remarked that Steve Jobs was “brilliant”,that despite Jobs calling Gates “unimaginative”. Mr. Gates also noted that, “because Microsoft outsold Apple machines by a large margin Steve Jobs was always tough on Microsoft.”
It really reminds me of Richard Nixon’s “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore” statement. The lesson in this is to “never say never”.
Everyone may be a bit disappointed now that we have learned for certain that Samsung and Google have jointly decided not to go ahead and launch the new Galaxy Nexus Prime, and Ice Cream Sandwich as they had planned on Oct 11th at the CTIA Fall event.
They have decided to postpone the new product announcement saying “It is out of respect, and as tribute to Steve Jobs’s passing… it’s just not the right time to announce a new product”. Agreed.
Well, it is at the very least a good jesture from otherwise cut-throat competitors. Much respect!
For over three days I have been given to meditating on the life and example of Steve Jobs. There is one word that sums him up for me. MASTERMIND.
He was beyond a doubt a prototype of what a corporate leader could and should be. When Scully snatched the reigns of Apple from him we saw what mediocrity let loose could lead to. On Steve’s return we saw that we could believe in recovery and second acts as he landed on his feet and then some.
Yes, Steve did have his faults. We all do. He also had his rough edges and tough streaks, however under his diligent guidance his product teams at Apple were driven to create greatness.
Steve Jobs was the one that shepherded Apple to some of the world’s leading devices for decades.
No other technology leader that I know of has been nearly as effective. With Steve’s passing many of us are quietly fearful for our technology future and possibility horizons without him.
Will or can anyone fill his shoes or fit his mold? If not, what will we be left with?
As we set up altars to him and laud heaps of praise upon the many products and companies he brought to us, we should begin to carefully examine, study and practice exactly what he taught us and what we learned from him.
To be sure, not every Apple product produced under his reign were winners, but the ones that succeeded set the bar high. Starting with the Apple II in 1976, then the Apple Macintosh in 1984 and finally the iPad tablet in 2010.
It would benefit us to personally adopt his “Think Differently” mantra as we begin each and every task and project we take up.
That for me would be the very best way to honor his memory.
He did not contenance mediocrity nor tollerate the type of stupidity and incompetence that is all too prominent these days.
Thank you Steve!
Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
I am deeply saddened by the shocking news of the passing of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs today.
Steve Jobs was 56 years old, and was born in San Francisco. He suffered a tough seven year battle against pancreatic cancer.
There is no doubt Mr. Jobs was THE man of his generation having displayed tremendous innovation, genius, creativity and business leadership across decades. Steve underwent a liver transplant in April 2009 and returned to work for a year and a half before his health forced him to take more time.
If anyone could be considered a legend in his own time it was definitely Steve Jobs and we are all better for his having been here with us.
My deepest condolenses to everyone at Apple, Pixar and throughout the computing world.
He will be sorely missed!
It can be considered the Super Bowl of Product Watching. The unveiling of Apple’s next Generation iPhone scheduled for tommorrow promises to be a pr\ivotal event for the whole mobile communications industry. It will set the mark to shoot at for all smartphone competitors foreign and domestic and determine the top choice for technology concerned consumers and involved developers.
It will disappoint some and enthuse others, but in the end the iPhone 5 will provide a baseline for what smartphones are about.
On the other front it will also send strong indications regarding Apple’s course in a post Steve Jobs era.
I am anticipating a surprise or two and hope to learn more about Apple’s plan for the Cloud, iOS 5, possible phone versions and who knows what else.