Skip to main content

View Diary: Apple corporate/data centers now running on almost pure renewables (19 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  I would put the timeline more at 5 years. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    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

    [ Parent ]

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

      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.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site