Is Apple Losing Its Mojo?

by , Apr 26, 2012, 1:04 PM
  • Comment
  • Recommend
Subscribe to Around the Net In Online Marketing

Tags

Forrester CEO George Colony is taking heat for a blog post in which he argues that Apple began its inevitable decline the day Steve Jobs left this earth.

“When Steve Jobs departed, he took three things with him,” Colony writes. “1) [A] singular charismatic leadership that bound the company together and elicited extraordinary performance from its people; 2) the ability to take big risks, and 3) an unparalleled ability to envision and design products.

“Tim Cook may be no Steve Jobs, but much of what Colony says about the vacuum of leadership at Cupertino is completely untrue,” Wired retorts. “In fact, Apple’s arguably in better shape now than it ever was when Jobs was at the helm.”

Colony insists that Apple is the next Sony, i.e., a company coasting ever slower on yesterday’s innovations. Not so, says TechCrunch. “If anything, Apple can become the next Disney,” it writes. “The cultural products that came from Disney studios are beloved by nearly everyone.”

Just going by the numbers, “the fade Colony describes doesn't appear to be on the immediate horizon,” CNN notes. “This week, Apple reported doubling its profits in the first three months of the year, largely on the strength of the 35.1 million iPhones it sold (a number that far exceeded predictions).”

Still, seeming to fall into Colony’s camp, Jeff Bertolucci writes in PCWorld: “Apple in a way reminds me of a famous musical group that keeps churning out hit after hit. Eventually, the songs fall flat. Creativity fades. In Apple's case, I'm not sure you can pin that inevitability on Tim Cook.”

Adds Daring Fireball blogger John Gruber: “Colony’s pessimism is, unlike most Apple bearishness of late, perfectly reasonable. Apple did not fall to pieces when Jobs died, but no one with a clue expected it to. But Tim Cook and the remaining leadership team have yet to prove themselves in the long run. I’m not saying I agree with Colony (I don’t), I’m just saying his argument is reasonable. Apple is untested in these regards.”

Be the first to comment on "Is Apple Losing Its Mojo?"

Leave a Comment

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now

Recent Around the Net In Online Marketing Articles

  • Cheaper Nook's Getting Web Browsers, Email  

    Nook Simple Touch, Barnes & Noble’s inexpensive line of e-readers, is getting a Web browser and ...

  • Foursquare Gets $41M In Private Equity  

    Giving itself more time to grow and mature as a business, Foursquare just took $41 million ...

  • Google Unveils Google Keep App  

    Confirming earlier reports, Google on Thursday unveiled a new note-taking app named Google Keep. But, despite ...

  • Nexflix Friends Facebook  

    In what Web watchers are calling a long-overdue integration, Netflix has finally tapped Facebook to offer ...

  • Mason Out At Groupon  

    Andrew Mason is out at Groupon. Yes, after another disappointing quarter -- which sent the deal ...

  • Groupon Loses Market Value  

    In the surest sign yet that the once-booming daily-deal space has busted, Groupon lost a quarter ...

  • Foursquare To Take Credit, Debit Cards  

    In conjunction with its check-in deals program, Foursquare will now accept Visa, Mastercard and debit cards. ...

  • Pinterest Valued At $2.5B  

    Social scrapbooking sensation Pinterest has secured $200 million at a valuation of $2.5 billion. “There have ...

  • HP To Adopt Google's Android System  

    Reshaping the mobile landscape, Hewlett-Packard reportedly plans to adopt Google’s Android operating system to run a ...

  • Amazon Creating App Currency  

    Amazon on Tuesday unveiled a virtual currency for Kindle Fire owners to purchase apps and games, ...

» Around the Net In Online Marketing Archives