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In Steve Jobs' two stints at Apple, the company made some great products. Their most amazing products. But no one's perfect. Not even Steve Jobs. And Apple produced a few pieces of total crap during his reign. Here're the worst.
The collective cry from Wall Street this morning is, "They took our Jobs!" Wait, that might have been what was beaming from a repeat episode of South Park. In any event, Apple investors are trying to figure out what life will be like in the Cupertino camp after Steve Jobs dropped a bombshell late yesterday announcing his resignation, effective immediately, with former COO Tim Cook stepping in as his replacement.
Well here's some big news late on a Wednesday afternoon: Steve Jobs is stepping down as CEO of Apple. There's little information available about the sudden announcement beyond the fact that Tim Cook, previously the COO, will become the new CEO and that Steve Jobs will become chairman of the board.
There's currently no information about the reason behind the resignation, although it's not hard to imagine that Jobs' recent health issues might be a factor. Hit the jump for Jobs' letter of resignation and any updates on the decision.
You may remember last year when toy maker M.I.C. Gadget set the nerd ecosystem ablaze with a realistic mini Steve Jobs doll. Apple, having almost no sense of humor, threatened legal action. M.I.C. Gadget quickly removed the $70 doll, which set the value of those already in existence through the roof. Now, they have released a new "more friendly" CEO doll. Behold the "Poking Inventor" Mark Zuckerberg.
While we don't cover all things Apple (we leave that to Mac Life), the news out of Cupertino today has affected everyone in the tech community. Apple CEO Steve Jobs sent an email to all Apple staffers to announce that the board has granted his request for a leave of absence to focus on his health. Of course, the internet is full of assertions that Mr. Jobs may be gone for good this time.
It may be no small coincidence that the announcement came on Martin Luther King day in the US. Markets are closed, so any overreaction to the news was muted. In Frankfurt, markets reacted negatively, with Apple stock losing 8%. The very business-like timing of the release makes us think this was not a last-minute emergency decision.
However you may feel about Apple products, there's no denying Steve Jobs has been a huge driving force in computing for decades. Jobs has survived pancreatic cancer and organ transplant in recent years. We wish him the best, and we're sure you all do too.
Apple has no qualms about selling last generation hardware for new-gen prices, but seeing others rake in as much as $2,500 on eBay for Steve Jobs figurines is where the Cupertino company draws the line.
According to consumer advocate group The Consumerist, here's what happened. A Chinese company called M.I.C. Gadget tried to get away with selling said figurines for $100/pop, up until Apple stopped the manufacture from doing so. Shortly after, the banned dolls began appearing on eBay fetching up to $2,500. The hand-painted figurines depicted Jobs in his familiar New Balance 991 sneakers, black turtleneck, removable sunglasses, an iPhone in one hand, and speech bubbles to write your own quotes.
Not only did you have to be willing to spend a small fortune on a figurine to get one, you also had to act fast. Apple convinced eBay to remove the listings, citing a California statute "which prohibits the use of any person's name, photograph, or likeness in a product without that person's prior consent."
Apple CEO Steve Jobs sure ruffled some feathers with his statements on yesterday's earnings call. RIM is just the latest to respond to some of the assertions Steve Jobs made. RIM CEO Jim Balsillie posted a rebuttal on the RIM blog that covered a few points. First, Balsillie contended that a 7-inch tablet will work for consumers just fine. Jobs claimed the users would have to "sand down their fingers to around one quarter of their present size" to use a 7-inch tablet. RIM also reminded us that their PlayBook will have Adobe Flash support.
RIM's other beef with Jobs revolved around the Apple claim that they had passed Blackberry in sales. Balsillie claims that Jobs was comparing a time they knew BlackBerry sales would be weak, leaving out the higher demand month of September in RIM's numbers. We may have to wait to see if an outside group can compare overall sales from the same period to settle this. In the meantime, we await the next company to launch a counterattack at Steve Jobs.
Apple's Steve Jobs didn't hold back his contempt for Google's Android platform during Monday's earnings call. According to Jobs, Android is "very, very fragmented and [it] becomes more so every day." Oh really? Not so fast, says Iain Dodsworth, CEO of the TweetDeck client for Twitter.
"Did we at any point say it was a nightmare developing on Android?," Dodsworth tweeted. "Err nope, no we didn't. It wasn't."
Dodsworth went on to post another Twitter message saying, "We only have two guys developing on Android TweetDeck so that shows how small an issue fragmentation is."
TweetDeck is available for the desktop and as a mobile app for both Apple's iOS and Android.
Despite rumors to the contrary, it doesn't look like Apple has any plans to ship a 7-inch iPad to compete with other upcoming tablets with similar sized screens.
"It's meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of their present size," Jobs said during Apple's earnings call yesterday afternoon.
According to Jobs, tablets smaller than 10 inches just don't make sense.
"Apple has done extensive user testing and we really understand this stuff," Jobs said. "There are clear limits on how close you can place things on a touchscreen, which is why we think 10 inches is the minimum screen size to create great tablet apps."
Interesting comments coming from someone who represents the company responsible for the iPhone and iPod touch, two touchscreen devices that are decidedly smaller than 7 inches.