How will Steve Jobs go?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by srxtr, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. srxtr macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2010
    Knock on wood. I wish Steve Jobs would stay as Apple's CEO forever, but we all know he will have to go someday, and hopefully not anywhere in the near future. But how will he retire?

    I imagine a keynote in the future, where Steve announces the most innovative iPhone ever, and he uses his "one more thing" to announce his stepping down from the throne. It'll be his last thing and it'll be while doing one of the keynotes he is most famous for.

    I should be sleeping right now but I don't want to...
  2. FrankHahn macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2011
    If Steve Jobs does as you have imagined, it will be a great thing to Apple and to the world. Imagine a scene at the next WWDC. Steve Jobs is making a keynote speech. Close to the end of his speech, he says "One more thing. I am so greatly honored to have served Apple for so many years. It is now time to step down and to let some body else do the job. It is my great pleasure to present to you the next CEO of Apple ...".
  3. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    My guess is they will continue to slowly phase him out. They'll keep having other people do parts of the keynote, then in a few years he'll step down as CEO, but still stay on in some capacity. And then he'll finally step down for good. To do it any other way would panic investors and at least temporarily cause the stock to crash, so unless he dies before he quits it'll be a slow transition over a couple years and not a keynote announcement.
  4. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    I don't think he will announce his retirement at a big public event. The idea of keynotes is to announce and publicise new products. His retirement would totally overshadow everything else in the keynote and the new products would end up being more or less ignored.

    When the announcement finally comes it will probably be in a low key press release or in an interview. He can then say his goodbyes at the next event without causing mayhem.
  5. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    He'll be upgraded by a slimmer model with tapered edges and more storage space.
  6. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    Agree. Too much drama caused by a sudden announcement would hurt stocks, and the company in general. Gradual is the way to go.
  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
  8. EvanLugh macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2007
    Developer land
    harsh but true. not sure why you got -1 when this is a possibility :eek::eek:
  9. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    Based on the low profile, I'd say gentle into that good night.
  10. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Quite frankly I'd say he already has gone. (I work on the assumption you are not using a cliched euphemism for "die")

    He may be involved in product decisions, but the day to day running of Apple Inc. no longer needs his involvement.
  11. Abstract, Aug 3, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2011

    Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Hopefully, there will be no farewell speech and you'll just read about it on the news during the week he dies.

    A speech? No thanks. I hope his health issues remain private, and within his family and closest friends. The LAST thing I want is tabloid fodder fueled by a "One more thing: I'll be dead by next week" speech.

    Are people really looking forward to hearing the pre-death speech from a corporate CEO? How emotionally needy are you? :confused: I'm certain you'll move on, even without Steve Jobs not knowing who you are.
  12. G4er? macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2009
    Temple, TX
    That slimmer model will also not have a mouth on it and will have to be feed intravenously (externally).

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