“I was recently talking with some of Apple’s competitors and they gave me some interesting feedback on how they feel about Apple,” Tim Bajarin writes for TechPinions. “The first thing they told me is that they really respect Apple and find them to be very important to the industry in general. And to a company, they feel an exceptional team of leaders runs Apple and they fully expect Apple to have a leadership role in PCs, tablets and smartphones for many years, even with Steve Jobs out of the picture.”

“But when I asked them what they actually fear about Apple, their answer was interesting,” Bajarin writes. “I had expected them to say things like Apple has great industrial design. Or their $117 billion cash position gives them a huge advantage over all competitors. Or even that since Apple owns their hardware, software and services, they can make them work together seamlessly, which also gives them a huge advantage over competitors.”

Bajarin writes, “But the consensus from those I talked to about what really scares them about Apple is the fact that Apple sees the future and then creates products that people want even if people do not know they want them. This has befuddled them for 15 years or since Steve Jobs came back in 1997 to rescue Apple.”

MacDailyNews Take: Yeah, um, about that:

Existential issue.

Cupertino, we might have a problem.

Bajarin writes, “But there is a second way Apple approaches the market that really strikes fear in them. Steve Jobs had what has often been called a ‘gut feel’ for what consumers wanted in a tech product and would envision them years before the products would even come out… While the rumors fly about Apple’s next major reinvention, which most likely will be the interactive TV experience, it would not surprise me if the folks at Apple have peered into their crystal ball and are working on something really cool in some area of technology none of us have even thought of today.”

MacDailyNews Take: Well, sans any conclusive evidence to date, we can certainly still hope that Steve Jobs’ crystal ball still works for “the folks at Apple.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: What’s in John Browett’s crystal ball? A part-time-only retail staff rendered incapable of drawing full-time benefits who are barred from working overtime in severely understaffed stores?

Prior to his death, Walt Disney assembled a trusted team to lead The Walt Disney Company. What followed were three and a half decades of tumult, in-fighting, hostile takeover bids, and creative malaise.

Guess who finally saved Disney from its caretakers: Steve Jobs.

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