Apple CEO Steve Jobs won’t be missed by inferior competition

“You’ve likely heard that Steve Jobs has stepped down as lord and master of the iCult. In this week’s Nerdcam, we reflect and ask the multibillion-dollar question: will Steve Jobs be missed?” Luke Hopewell writes for ZDNet. “Jobs’ crowning achievement came from ‘reinventing’ the music player, with the release of the iPod. It made digital music a reality, and set the stage for future innovations.”

MacDailyNews Take: iCult? Seriously? And iPod, as great as it is, wash’t Jobs’ crowning achievement. Apple ][, the Mac, Next/Mac OS X, iPhone, iPad, iOS, Pixar… Take your pick. The man has been a dynamo of crowning achievements for his entire career.

Hopewell writes, “His lauded second album, the iPhone, was also nothing short of spectacular. It took the smartphone beyond the boardroom and the sales team, and gave consumers access to everything they never knew they needed.”

MacDailyNews Take: If you don’t understand the impact of Macintosh, or ignore it completely, should you really be trying to write tech-related articles?

“But as consumers mourn the abdication of the Apple throne, the company’s competitors can make out the faint sound in the distance of a trumpet. This trumpet call is set to get louder and louder, and will be heard far and wide by every technology manufacturer who has tried and failed to knock Apple from its arrogant perch for the last decade,” Hopewell writes. “This trumpet will call them back to war.”

MacDailyNews Take: “Arrogant perch?” Careful, Luke, your bias is showing.

“I can tell you exactly how it went down when Jobs resigned at the offices of its competitors: there were likely cheers and celebrations as the enemy’s key general took his leave,” Hopewell writes. “Steve Jobs won’t be missed by the competition, because now there’s no excuse for a lack of innovation. No more ‘Apple did it first,’, no more ‘this is like that Apple product we saw six months ago.’ That’s right, Apple enemies. It’s time to go to war.”

Full article, with a video of a writer who should stay off camera complete with a recreation of Hopewell’s supposed competitor’s celebrations over a great man resigning due to debilitating illness, here.

MacDailyNews Take: There’s only one reason why competitors would celebrate the resignation of Steve Jobs: They see a chance that they can continue to be lazy, fail to innovate, and yet still turn a profit. Hooray, the hall-of-fame quarterback just got injured, now maybe our shitty, out-of-shape team has a chance to win the game without having to be great! Nice. Wonderful sportsmanship, Luke.

Well, keep dreaming. As we just wrote one article back, “Tim Cook is going to surprise a lot of people.”


[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. This guy is a wack-job. Does he REALLY think Apple’s bench is so shallow? Does he really think that Apple will suddenly sink to its competitors’ lowest common denominator of mediocre products? Hah! No chance. If anything, I’m sure Tim Cook is motivated to show that Apple can continue to innovate just as they’ve always done…

  2. So basically the idea is that the enemy now stand a chance not because they’re going to rise to Apple’s challenge, but because Apple is going to drop down to their level. Wow, a win for everyone then! What tosh.

  3. They couldn’t innovate before he stood down, how is that going to change in their favour now that he has? Gee there has been a lot of rubbish articles about Steve and Apple in the tech press in the last few days. Old puff bag Dvorak is sprouting about the App store on one of the PC sites and the rest of the wallies are coming out to join him with their pens dipped in shit.

  4. It reminds me that, upon the death of F. D. Roosevelt, Hitler and the Japanese high command thought a miracle has occurred and that they were going to win the war.

  5. Can someone explain why some people think Apple is a cult??? I just don’t get it; we buy Apple products because they work well (#1), are easy to use, and look nice. Those three go hand-in-hand. There’s no magic, and it’s nothing that some other company couldn’t duplicate.

    Unfortunately, other tech companies seem unwilling to spend the time, or as Steve put’s it, just say “no” to most ideas on the table. For instance, HP could’ve saved a lot of money and bad press by not buying Palm; although, cutting their money-losing divisions may be the best thing that ever happened to them.

    Apple does make mistakes: The G4 Cube didn’t sell well; Xserves, apparently, didn’t either; personally, I think lowering the cost of the first iPhone by $200 so soon and giving $100 gift cards was not good form; and ripping-off Sherlock. (Although, they always acknowledged SuperClock.)

    The competition is suffering from its own reality distortion field, thinking they can compete with slapped-together plastic and no hope of an ecosystem.

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