What will happen to Apple?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by adamvk, Dec 16, 2008.


What will happen to Apple if Steve leaves?

  1. Apple will do better, more products, better appeal, etc

    23 vote(s)
  2. Apple will do worse, worse products, worse ads, etc

    48 vote(s)
  3. Nothing will change

    55 vote(s)
  1. adamvk macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    If Steve Jobs leaves Apple completely, do you think this will be a good thing for Apple or a bad thing?
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    He won't leave until he's dead.

    The above option needs to be in the poll.
  3. iParis macrumors 68040


    Jul 29, 2008
    New Mexico
    It will be HORRIBLE.
    But maybe eventually good, maybe give the company a new taste.
    Plus, we're gonna have to wait for all the fanboys (me) to get used to the new CEO.
    And I think this should be in the Apple, Industry, and Internet Discussion section.
  4. adamvk thread starter macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    Sorry, I didnt know where this would best go.
  5. iParis macrumors 68040


    Jul 29, 2008
    New Mexico
    It's fine, the thread just confused me before I read it because of the title and the fact it was in the Buying Tips, Advice, and Discussion section.
  6. A LittleMac macrumors newbie

    A LittleMac

    Dec 17, 2008
    I don't think Apple is completely around Steve Jobs, there are other people running the company. :eek:
  7. Battlefield Fan macrumors 65816

    Battlefield Fan

    Mar 9, 2008
    Steve jobs is an amazing CEO. My point is that he didn't make the iPod. Other people within apple come up with the ideas and make it what it truely is. Steve got rid a bunch of worthless people and projects at apple when he came back. This helped apple get off the ground.

    A new face for apple might mean matte displays again, mid tower, maybe blue ray and a whole lot of other things Steve is againist. Steve is so againist the idea of a open computer. One of his first computers used special screws so that the consumer couldn't open it. Maybe we would see apples computers become more expanible. Ex. Two hds in an iMac
  8. mgridgaway macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2006
    Steve can leave right now if it means I can actually build a mac with quality, expandable hardware. :)

    And hackintosh's don't count because they don't work exactly how they're supposed to (sometimes in very small ways, sometimes in big deals).
  9. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    oh i beg to differ
  10. MowingDevil macrumors 68000


    Jul 30, 2008
    Vancouver, BC & Sydney, NSW
    Apple took a major nosedive last time they were w/o him. This company cannot survive w/ your average typical business CEO at the helm. It just doesn't work that way.
  11. mbleopard macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2008
    Apple will be fine, obviously Jobs is leaving on his own terms this time and I would believe that he has spent time making sure his company will continue on without him. Jobs did not single handily create the iPod or design the new macbooks there were other people that are in charge of those things.

    As long as the new CEO keeps the same Apple mentality, focus on innovation rather than trying to grow and become like Dell or HP, they will be alright
  12. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    The only reason we aren't going in the PC route ( unstable OS, varying hardware quality ) is because we have a lockdown in terms of hardware. There aren't hundreds of video cards to support, Apple handpicks their own hardware. And they know the configuration of each model out there with some grey area in terms of memory, hard disk, etc. But the components that matter, Apple has firm control of. Should Jobs had thought your way, we would have PCs instead of Macs.

    I agree. But now, if Jobs leaves, Apple will suffer. He is worth 30% of the entire company alone. The stock will surely take a huge nosedive.
  13. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    I think that what you want is perfectly legit for you to want. But if apple started catering for this need in a few years they will be non existent. If they try to be all things to all people they will not survive.
    I suspect that when Jobs leaves there will be a temptation to do exactly that. I guess we'll have to see who takes over.
  14. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Why should that be an option?

    Jobs leaves.
    Whether he dies, resigns, retires… gets eaten by the flying spaghetti monster…
  15. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    I don't think Apple will suffer the same as last time Jobs went. Now he has major influence on who takes over as CEO, which was not the case previously.
  16. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    It was Jobs that hired Sculley before the last time he left. ;)

    Obviously that time he wasn't planning to leave. :D
  17. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    Choosing someone to work for you is rather different to choosing someone to run your company though.
    Sculley may have been ok in the position Jobs gave him.
  18. SummerBoy macrumors regular


    Dec 19, 2008
    Apple = Steve Jobs

    It's not like Bill Gates and Microsoft..

    Apple's culture, traditions.. Steve's keynote...

    I think it's up to Steve who's going to replace him and what Apple would

    choose which direction they would sail..:apple:
  19. DarthTreydor macrumors 6502

    May 25, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    apple will be alright. i think they'll learn from what has gone right with steve driving the bus as well as what went wrong the last time he stepped away from the driver seat. whoever steve chooses as his successor, he'll be sure he/she shares his vision for the company.
  20. brop52 macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2007
    Apple will be fine. Nobody is quite like Steve Jobs, but there is more than one way to skin a cat.
  21. millerj123 macrumors 65816

    Mar 6, 2008
    All I care about is if we'll get a mini-tower. But I don't see that happening until Steve leaves.
  22. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    History has a tendency of repeating itself.

    That being said, Jobs will have a further-reaching influence this time around. His legacy will be gone within a decade though.
  23. THX1139 macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2006
    You make is sound like Steve IS leaving right now. Not true.

    Steve owns a boatload of Apple stock. It is in his best interest to keep the value on that high when he does step down. Expect a gradual transition over the next few years with him eventually sitting on the board symbolically. But who knows for sure when he will retire... he loves working there.
  24. zer0tails macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    Apple will never be the same and we'll be in the dark ages again.
  25. vga4life macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2004
    Apple is already badly on the wrong track, thinking that $1299 or even $999 is an 'entry-level laptop' or $599 is an 'entry-level desktop.'

    Stripping features from the Macbook for the sake of 'marketecture' when it's priced like a no-compromises premium product is a breathtakingly arrogant move in today's economy.

    I remember the bad old days of the 80's and 90's where Apple hardware was priced at a truly stupid premium and watched Apple's market share and software ecosystem dry up accordingly. Apple went through a renaissance over the last decade largely driven by the affordably-priced iMac/iBook/Mac Mini/Macbook lines that compared very well with comparably-configured PC hardware.

    Unfortunately, it looks like his Steveness longs for a return to the wilderness. Hopefully things improve when he retires.

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