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  •  Not necessarily. (2+ / 0-)
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    Troubadour, jazzmaniac

    As you said, they'll continue to kick ass for another couple of years based on pure Jobsian momentum; the question will be, how will they fare once the last of his magic pixie dust fades out.

    However, there was a lot of discussion of this by the various tech writers/bloggers, and the conclusion of some of the more savvy ones (John Gruber and John Siracusa in particular, I believe) was that Jobs' greatest creation wasn't any particular product, but Apple itself--that is, that he managed to infuse the entire corporation with his own philosophy without them becoming a slave to it, bla bla bla (hopefully without his dickishness, though, I hope).

    Only way to know will be to wait another couple of years and see.

    •  I would put the timeline more at 5 years. (2+ / 0-)
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      Brainwrap, Odysseus

      They can keep iterating the iPad and iPhone and milking Jobs' innovations that long, as long as no other charismatic visionary arises to usurp Apple's place in that time.  

      But ultimately the same dynamic plays out that did with respect to PCs usurping Macintosh in the '90s - the "good enough" clones advance to the point that the high prices of Apple products are no longer justifiable.  Also, without that singular, tyrannical vision constantly pushing the envelope, a mere collection of Jobs disciples can't create the same level of highly-integrated aesthetic "magic."  Apple the company is not capable of maintaining Apple the religion.

      What usually happens when a beloved, charismatic tyrant is lost to the institutions they created around their own personality is that the first caretakers try to mimic them, seeking to capture the same magic with cargo cult efforts.  It rarely works very well, so then they become pragmatic and start letting new leaders be who they are, which invariably falls far short of the founder.  As the magic fades, mediocrity feeds back on itself, allowing increasingly pragmatic decisions that further erode the original standards.

      Steve Jobs didn't build a business - a business wouldn't have done what Apple did under his leadership, because it was always risky and required a level of faith in aesthetic sensibilities that had nothing to do with hard, focus group-driven data.  What he built was an amplifier for his personal vision - a tool that will invariably prove either unwieldy or unflattering to his successors.  

      I demand that you prove you're alive.

      by Troubadour on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 07:16:00 PM PDT

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      •  Well said, and you could be correct... (1+ / 0-)
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        Troubadour

        The biggest difference this time around, as far as I can tell, is that Apple is now sitting on a SHITLOAD of money and goodwill, which will buy them a lot more time to change course if they do find themselves in the same position they were in in the early '90's.

        I mentioned Siracusa above--here's an interesting piece of his on the relative positions of Apple, Google and Samsung at the moment.

        Note how Microsoft has become, effectively, irrelevant since the iOS/Android war started a few years back, even though they're still making buckets of dough themselves.. Can Apple avoid the same fate? Let's hope.

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