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It is amazing to me the number of people I know who are basically saying Steve Jobs (some wonderful quotes from him here) leaving Apple will not change Apple. Most saw what Apple was like with Jobs, have seen that no similar company has been able to repeat what Apple has done over the last decade, and have seen both Microsoft after Gates and Disney after Walt. They even saw what happened to Dell during the short time Michael stepped down. But Jobs, who is even more hands on than the most-micro manager any of us know, will pass without a ripple. Wow -- now that is a reality distortion field.
. . . is that Tim Cook has been in the this position on an off for the past couple of years during a big rise on many levels at Apple. And the fact that Steve is still in major roles, there really is no down side to this. Just evolution.
Ok so nice article. However, obviously you are not a sports fan, because that is a horrible comparison. Apples and oranges there. Also you honestly think that Steve Job's isn't going to be a major influence on decision making for years to come?
Not to mention, Apple is far different from the other companies you have named. In all reality they could launch iPad 3,4,5,6 as well as the next iPhone for years to come. People love their products. They already have the perfect product line. It is untouchable. They successfully have let other companies do the work for them, which was key to their success. (apps)
As far as micro managing goes...
Just because Steve Jobs has strict guidelines doesn't mean he is doing it by himself. Remember that they have some of the best talent the world has to offer.