Has Steve Jobs Lost His Magic?

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003


    Category: Opinion/Interviews
    Link: Has Steve Jobs Lost His Magic?
    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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  2. jaxstate macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2006
    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.
  3. mmmcheese macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2006
    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...
  4. jive macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2006
    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...
  5. mmmcheese macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2006
    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).
  6. mangoarts macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Steve looks sick to me

    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.
  7. hob macrumors 68020


    Oct 4, 2003
    London, UK
    There's a thread that touches on this here.

    He sure doesn't look well to me!
  8. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    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. ;)
  9. mmmcheese macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2006
    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.
  10. Kardashian macrumors 68020


    Sep 4, 2005
    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.
  11. kevin.rivers macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2005
    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.
  12. genehack macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2004
    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.
  13. banjomamo macrumors regular

    May 9, 2006
    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.
  14. DeathChill macrumors 68000

    Jul 15, 2005
    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."

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