On January 7, 2007, Steve Jobs walked on to the stage in Cupertino and changed the world. We can talk about predecessors to the iPhone such as the Palm, we can talk about other devices that followed not long after, but it was Apple's device that got the concept so stunningly correct. Most importantly, Jobs' presentation had much to do with that success. But according to a piece by Fred Vogelstein in the New York Times today, there's a strong chance it may not have happened that way.
Many of us still think of computers as relatively new things, but apparently the devices and the people who've created them have been around long enough to warrant historical veneration. Take Steve Jobs. As reported by CNN this morning, the home where he and Steve Wozniak first started cobbling together Apple I computers may soon be designated a historical site.
Mean-spirited ads from both Microsoft and Samsung directed at Apple have become something of the norm as of late, but today Microsoft released a series of questionable videos on YouTube that touched a nerve that extended far beyond the Apple faithful. The series, called "A fly on the wall in Cupertino," was quickly pulled after a barrage of outrage and mockery across multiple social networks.
Oh, the rumor mill is cooking now and Apple's doing a few things in the background to kick things up a notch. We've seen quite a few high quality leaked photos (if they're to be believed, that is; while this gaudy thing above might not be the gold iPhone Apple's supposedly working on, we've got no evidence the other is real either). And we're getting closer to a date announcement. The suspense is killing us!
Even two years after taking the helm at Apple, CEO Tim Cook's leadership style is still very much in the spotlight as part of a new profile on how the executive handles the challenges ahead of the iPhone maker.
Something tells me Larry Ellison didn't rush out to see "Jobs" this weekend. But maybe he should have.
Last week, the Oracle CEO praised his longtime friend in a candid interview with Charlie Rose on "CBS This Morning," and painted a dreary picture of Apple in the process.
"They will not be nearly so successful because he's gone. He was brilliant. I mean, our Edison. He was our Picasso. He was an incredible inventor. ... We saw Apple with Steve Jobs (raises a finger high into the air). We saw Apple without Steve Jobs (lowers the finger). We saw Apple with Steve Jobs (raises his finger again). Now, we're gonna see Apple without Steve Jobs (holds the finger in the air for a moment before dropping it again)."
It may be true that Apple flourished when Steve Jobs came back and floundered during the decade he was gone, but to say Apple won't survive without him is to trivialize his impact on the design, direction and dogma of the company he founded.
If you were among those uncertain about former That '70s Show doofus Ashton Kutcher properly portraying Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, apparently you weren't alone: The indie film came in seventh on opening weekend.
So it's Friday, and I'm sure some of you are really looking forward to watching Ashton Kutcher's new biopic about Steve Jobs. Unfortunately, it appears as though you might want to think twice about rushing out to the theater and seeing it, as the reviews are in and most aren't pretty.
It seems like whenever Google wants to get the word out without a formal press release, they send former CEO and current chairman Eric Schmidt out to become their microphone -- and this week he's talking about their relationship with Apple.