Steve Jobs leaves stinging rebuke of Hewlett-Packard

“One of Steve Jobs’ most fitting broadsides from a soon-to-be-released biography is targeted at Hewlett-Packard’s management,” Brooke Crothers reports for CNET.

“So, without further ado: ‘Hewlett and Packard built a great company, and they thought they had left it in good hands,’ Jobs told Walter Isaacson in the book Steve Jobs, which is set to be published Monday,” Crothers reports. ‘But now it’s being dismembered and destroyed,’ Jobs said. ‘I hope I’ve left a stronger legacy so that will never happen at Apple,’ he added.”

Crothers writes, “That’s the perfect rejoinder to Wall Street analysts and HP board members who offer the same tired refrain: turn HP into a software and services company (whatever that means) in order to squeeze out a few more pennies of profit.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: In the full article, Crothers veers off into a bunch of malarky about the importance of hardware without seeming to realize and certainly not showing that he recognizes the importance of software to Apple’s success.

Anyone who equates an HP laptop to a MacBook Air is either a fool or has never used both. While it’s certainly nice that Apple offers the top-notch quality and the world’s best industrial design, in the end, hardware only goes so far. It’s the software, stupid.

23 Comments

    1. Some say light is a wave phenomena, yet others say its nature is particulate. Yet others say it is both.

      So it is with Apple. Is it a hardware or software company. The real answer is it is both.

      Imagine running OSX on a dell plastic machine. While a lot better than what runs on it now, still it would be no Mac. Now imagine running windows on a Mac (some do I know). Remember what SJ said about that. Again, better than windows on anything non Mac. Now put the two OSX and the Mac hardware together and you get a REAL Mac.

        1. particulate |pärˈtikyəlit, -ˌlāt| adjective
          of, relating to, or in the form of minute separate particles.

          And yet you let him slide on “is a phenomena.”

      1. Maybe from an overly simplistic viewpoint. The real lesson (Steve understood this) is this:

        Great hardware with bad software still sucks. Great software on bad hardware still sucks. It is the reason Apple controls BOTH. In the end what matters is the end user experience, control both ends, control the experience.

  1. And the OS, as Steve Jobs said closing out one of his keynotes (sometime around 2005). He then made a statement that he expects OS X to power the Mac until at least 2020. You need all three to make it great.

        1. Methinks he’s pouting cuz the design didn’t change. He’ll be alright. Apple doesn’t need him to break sales records. His tears will dry up soon enough. Until then we just give him a shoulder to cry on. Can’t please a guy with 1 testicle all the time.

  2. There have been a lot of managers that believe that if you conquer Enterprise, the benefits will trickle down to the consumer market.

    Steve realized that the way to crack the consumer market today is to make quality products directly for consumer market. The problem is that it takes real talent to crack the consumer market if your goal is quality and not just being cheap.

    The management at HP doesn’t believe they have that talent, so they are going after the Enterprise market where it doesn’t take real effort to get managers and IT people to buy your half baked goods. All it takes is a good sales team.

  3. YES MDN – hardware can be the latest and greatest…
    the coolest designs and newest fastest processors.
    APPLE EXCELS at that – indeed.
    AND APPLE is far more then SOFTWARE.

    IT is software integration with leading technologies on leading hardware and leading design – with one thing in mind.
    That one thing in mind is THE USER.

    How simple or easy life can be doing it the APPLE WAY.

  4. HP and Sony represent the two biggest tech failures in recent history. They deserve to get blasted.

    HP had all the pieces to compete on par with Apple. All they had to do was begin developing an OS to tie it all together (or develop an offshoot of Linux) and step out from under Windows. When MicroSoft saw HP making noise of a potential defection to Linux, they threatened not to license WIndows to them. HP management wheedled and relented … to their own ultimate detriment. Investor impatience, political management posturing, greed, and lack of vision, cost them a great opportunity. Sad.

    Sony is in the same boat. They had a broad wealth of technologies (including SonyBMG music label) and still blew their opportunities by opposing technical change at every corner. Their blindness to their own opportunity is the most monumental and dumbfounding to ponder.

    Today, instead of both companies leading innovation, they are stuck being bitches to MicroSoftian malaise and fighting over the scraps that fall from Apple’s plate.

  5. H.P. needs to go back to making oscilloscopes and calculators.

    They did such a great job at it too, they were, quite literally, the best. (much like apple is the best at personal computers (the mac) H.P. was the best at calculators with there R.P.N.)

    It’s saddening to see them making bottom of the barrel ibm pc clones and crappy printers. 🙁 (and of course now there not going to be making much of anything at all)

  6. Steve did lots of things, but one major thing in my opinion. He made idiots (computer illiterate of course) able to perform the once, degree necessary, tasks in “computer land.”

    I’ve always joked about what the “i” in everything meant. If I can use it, it must mean “IDIOT.”

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