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MacBytes
Aug 9, 2006, 05:11 PM
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Category: Opinion/Interviews
Link: Has Steve Jobs Lost His Magic? (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20060809181146)
Description:: Steve Jobs' keynote speech on Monday was the most uninspiring he's given in recent memory. It hints at the trouble Apple will be in marketing-wise if he ever steps down.

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jaxstate
Aug 9, 2006, 05:22 PM
He's never had any magic. The fact the this WWDC was lame (IMO), is the fact that it's for developers and I wasn't impressed with the preview of the next revision of OSX. Maybe he'll be better when he actually has something to be excited about.

mmmcheese
Aug 9, 2006, 05:24 PM
I think this is a stupid article. I thought both Phil and Scott had interesting presentations. Phil needs a bit more practice leaving some space for audience reaction, but that just takes practice. Also, I thought SJ's presentation was good as well....

...then again, it's more interesting to write about Apple's doom...

jive
Aug 9, 2006, 05:24 PM
There weren't any massive surprises at WWDC though was there. Everyone in the room knew there was going to be a Mac Pro and a preview of Leopard... He didn't pull any rabbits out his hat for us...

mmmcheese
Aug 9, 2006, 05:26 PM
He's never had any magic. The fact the this WWDC was lame (IMO), is the fact that it's for developers and I wasn't impressed with the preview of the next revision of OSX. Maybe he'll be better when he actually has something to be excited about.

I, on the other hand, was quite impressed with the preview. But you probably said it best...it's for developers...so if you're not a developer, of course it is going to seem lame. They can't announce "exciting" platform changes every year (nor do we want them to).

mangoarts
Aug 9, 2006, 05:30 PM
Did anyone else seem to feel he has lost a lot of wait and maybe is sick? Why would you have everyone else do the work (present new toys) you normally love? I hope I'm wrong.

hob
Aug 9, 2006, 05:46 PM
Did anyone else seem to feel he has lost a lot of wait and maybe is sick? Why would you have everyone else do the work (present new toys) you normally love? I hope I'm wrong.
There's a thread that touches on this here (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=222812).

He sure doesn't look well to me!

solvs
Aug 9, 2006, 05:51 PM
He has been sick, but he mentioned just getting back from vacation. I wouldn't worry too much... yet. I think it's good that he's sharing the stage, if nothing else than to show people there is more to Apple than just him. He's done that before too. As for the rest of it, it was fine. I try not to expect much so I won't be disappointed and I'm not. Of course I'd like to see more, but for those who think something they heard on a rumor site equals a promise by Apple, you are going to be disappointed every time.

That's why Arn always has to do those disclaimers. ;)

mmmcheese
Aug 10, 2006, 12:06 PM
He has been sick, but he mentioned just getting back from vacation. I wouldn't worry too much... yet. I think it's good that he's sharing the stage, if nothing else than to show people there is more to Apple than just him. He's done that before too. As for the rest of it, it was fine. I try not to expect much so I won't be disappointed and I'm not. Of course I'd like to see more, but for those who think something they heard on a rumor site equals a promise by Apple, you are going to be disappointed every time.

That's why Arn always has to do those disclaimers. ;)

It's also good practice for the presenters so that they will be ready to do their own keynotes if Apple decides it is appropriate.

Kardashian
Aug 10, 2006, 12:08 PM
Steve hasn't. WWDC has (at least for this year).

I was expecting at least one of the following: new displays, iPhone, Nano, Video iPod, New finder.. guess not hey.

kevin.rivers
Aug 10, 2006, 12:27 PM
Steve hasn't. WWDC has (at least for this year).

I was expecting at least one of the following: new displays, iPhone, Nano, Video iPod, New finder.. guess not hey.

Everyone should that those things weren't going to happen. They did do the displays on the stealth (bumping specs and dropping prices.

Finder I am sure is one of those things under wraps.

The rest are for consumers and thus will be seen at a consumer show.

I don't know why everyone expected so much for a developer conference, spite what the rumors sites were dishing out.

genehack
Aug 11, 2006, 04:10 PM
couldn´t resist-
this is a quote from another comment:

"Two years ago, when it was announced that Steve Jobs had been operated on
for an islet cell neuroendocrine cancer, it rang a bell for many of us.

Although the tumor was said to have been simply removed, with no need for
chemo or radiation, those of us who had done the cancer journey raised an
eyebrow and hoped that we were wrong. And for the past two rollicking years
we have applauded him all the way. Hey, what an incredible two years they
have been. The iPod! iTunes! The intel chip! The extraordinary new Apple
stores in London and New York. The invitation from Hollywood to become a
member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts. The sale of Pixar. A place
on the Disney Board. Winning the lawsuit brought by Apple in London -
beating the Beatles on their own home ground!

And of course, that extraordinary commencement speech at Stanford, talking
of how it feels to have death sitting on your shoulder - and how it can in
fact be liberating.

Most people were a bit astonished at Steve Jobs' pace in the last couple of
years - at one point it seemed as if a new version of the iPod was coming
out every month. But they admired his business acumen at striking while the
iron was hot. Whatever would he do next, they asked.

No one mentioned the other possible reason for all this hectic activity.
That he was putting his house in order - putting Apple in a good place and
Pixar in a good place. And if he was gone tomorrow, a new generation could
take it from there.

For a lot of people, Steve's illness was the first time they had heard of
islet cell neuroendocrine cancer. But seven years ago, Joan Baez' younger
sister, Mimi Farina, got exactly the same cancer. Only hers was in the
lung, not the pancreas. She died two years later.

In his Stanford speech, Steve said the doctors had said his cancer was a
rare form that was curable with surgery. I hope they were and are right.

But if they are not - you know he wouldn't tell us. So let's give him
some space and stop commenting on how awful he looks. He is a genius at
risk taking. He always has been. So let's hope that this is another risk
that he wins.
"

banjomamo
Aug 13, 2006, 04:33 PM
Sometimes people expect too much of Apple. When the company keeps producing stellar stuff, we raise the bar and keep demanding more. As it was said in the conference call they arent sitting around doing nothing. We expect an update to the iPod or a phone or whatever, but it has to be more significant that the previous changes and Apple is just trying to do it right.

DeathChill
Aug 13, 2006, 05:14 PM
I see these topics EVERY TIME that he hosts some event. I was prepared to come in and say "Or maybe he's just slowing down," but he looks EXTREMELY skinny. Enough that I said "holy crap, he really does appear to be sick."