Hypothetical Return of Steve Jobs

Labeno

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When Steve Jobs came back to Apple he cleaned out all the many useless products and went on to create the iPod, iPhone, iPad, Mac Mini, MB Air, MB Pro. All of these were highly focused, high quality, used new technology, and he spared no expense for the fine details; e.g. MagSafe, Retina Display, and so on.

It seems Apple under Cook has lost its way yet again... removing critical innovations (e.g. MagSafe, which means you'll trip over the cable, break your Mac, and have to buy a new one), reduced capability to anemic processing power, heavily increased prices, and promote fashion instead of quality functionality that even my grandparents could figure out.

I used to buy Apple products whenever something new came out, but I haven't done that in about 5 years with some minor exceptions. I still use a MBPro 2012 because the 2018 models don't seem better. The latest iPad Pro has amazing processing power that could be used for Xbox One or PS4 style games, but Apple won't create a dedicated game controller force games to be touch screen (Nintendo Switch proves people want portable high end games). The only thing that keeps me in the Apple eco system is the want for privacy, nice OSX Apple software (for content creation) and iOS software (compared to clunky Ad-filled Android software).

I miss the SJ Apple. What do you think Steve Jobs would do if he could come back now?
 

keysofanxiety

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Nov 23, 2011
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Steve Jobs was all about minimalism. On board A, you show him a connector that can:

- Charge a laptop with a magnetic cable which can disconnect itself if you trip over it

On board B, you show him a connector which can:

- Support charging
- Support audio
- Support video
- Support any legacy interface
- Can be daisy chained
- Has 40Gb/s throughput

There was nothing comparable to that when Steve was around. If there was, I have absolutely no doubt he'd have marketed it. If anything, he'd probably have put it in as standard in all their products rather than keeping legacy USB-A. He was very much one for "force the decision and force the market to follow".

So yes, Steve would have done things differently. Just maybe not in the way you thought he would have.
 
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C DM

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Oct 17, 2011
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When Steve Jobs came back to Apple he cleaned out all the many useless products and went on to create the iPod, iPhone, iPad, Mac Mini, MB Air, MB Pro. All of these were highly focused, high quality, used new technology, and he spared no expense for the fine details; e.g. MagSafe, Retina Display, and so on.

It seems Apple under Cook has lost its way yet again... removing critical innovations (e.g. MagSafe, which means you'll trip over the cable, break your Mac, and have to buy a new one), reduced capability to anemic processing power, heavily increased prices, and promote fashion instead of quality functionality that even my grandparents could figure out.

I used to buy Apple products whenever something new came out, but I haven't done that in about 5 years with some minor exceptions. I still use a MBPro 2012 because the 2018 models don't seem better. The latest iPad Pro has amazing processing power that could be used for Xbox One or PS4 style games, but Apple won't create a dedicated game controller force games to be touch screen (Nintendo Switch proves people want portable high end games). The only thing that keeps me in the Apple eco system is the want for privacy, nice OSX Apple software (for content creation) and iOS software (compared to clunky Ad-filled Android software).

I miss the SJ Apple. What do you think Steve Jobs would do if he could come back now?
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OlegOlesyaKotovRozovsky

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Mar 29, 2018
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What do you think Apple will be like today if revolutionary Steve Jobs was here today?

I still think he would have 3 iPhones total for sale for the year, have amazing revolutionary prices at the great low prices like back in the day when the iPhone 4 was announced and the iPad with Retina Display.
 
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Fuchal

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What do you think Apple will be like today if revolutionary Steve Jobs was here today?

I still think he would have 3 iPhones total for sale for the year, have amazing revolutionary prices at the great low prices like back in the day when the iPhone 4 was announced and the iPad with Retina Display.
iPhone 4 started at $599 and I think the XR for $150 more is much better value, considering how much more we use our phones vs when the iPhone 4 was released. Plus, the XR doesn't drop your call when you put your finger on the antenna.
 
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MacDawg

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Mar 20, 2004
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"Between the Hedges"
The world has changed tremendously and continues to do so, especially the tech world
Steve would have evolved as well, and trying to drop retro Steve into our world is a fool's game
The straw man of "Steve would never have done that" or "what would Steve do" is laughable and counterproductive at best
 
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