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The Steve Jobs era is over: Reaction and a poll

The resignation of Steve Jobs as the CEO of Apple produces another big shake-up in the tech industry. Take the poll and share your reaction.

The Steve Jobs resignation unleashed an avalanche of opinion and commentary when it hit the news last night. While his medical issues and leave status made it somewhat inevitable, many people were still taken by surprise at the announcement. Whatever your opinion of Apple and Jobs' leadership, you can't deny his tremendous influence on the tech industry. But many people are wondering how the Apple brand -- and it's success -- will be affected by the loss of such a strong presence at the helm.

TR members commenting on the story on TechRepublic's Facebook page last night brought their own speculation and sentiment to the news:

Scot Rutherford: Of course he'll stay as Chairman. It's a natural progression and he is likely pretty damn tired after turning half the planet into early tech adopters.

Gordan Kustic: right, it was his time, and he did a great job. World is not the same without Apple Inc., I have faith that their products will continue to push the limits...

Khamis M. Mustafa: This is inevitable. Though not the perfect replacement, hope Tim will be able to carry them along as one best tech company in the world. Many will see this as apple era coming to an end and yet a chance for MS/Nokia and of course the close competitor Samsung.

Ron Koski: Maybe now some Apple apps. will become compatible with Windows products. I can wish, can't I?

Shamveel Quraishi: Bring back Woz! Tim who?

Having now had a little more time to read about Tim Cook and take a peek at what the business analysts are saying about the move, where do you think Apple goes from here?

See Jason Hiner's take, "Five ways Apple will never be the same without Jobs as CEO," and check out this sampling of the commentary from around CBSInteractive:

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30 comments
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Mosblest
Mosblest

I wonder if Microsoft acquired patents Apple had which gave them a financial boost? I think only Job could have worked such a deal. Now one of the reasons I believe Apple is on great footing is because they let Microsoft have the PC market and they have beat them in every area of consumer electronics, excluding the Xbox. I hope their next act will be making the combination of Apple TV and iPod into a true iOS gaming console.

billmbrown
billmbrown

When I think of jobs I think of all the jobs that Jobs has given to China, not Americas!!

tarose.trevor
tarose.trevor

Of course leadership counts... but I always wondered what the fuss was about... most of my friend & I were having ideas way better than this kind of stuff 20 years ago... the difference being we didnt have the $ or opportunity to do anything about it... If you had the resources of Apple at your disposal, I would be surprised if you DIDNT come up with something at least as good, and I am personally blown away that the products arent way better, and that so many competitors (not mentioning any names SAMSUNG!), are so bloody useless at what they do that they cant complete the simple task of copying what was good about the iPhone, but dumping or improving upon what was rubbish about it

mike five
mike five

Steve Jobs was creative and in charge of his company. Not immediately, but eventually, unimaginative corporate stiffs will weasel their way into senior positions and current profitability will overtake Jobs' calculated risk taking and Apple will be back to where it was the first time Jobs left the helm.

JodisDesign
JodisDesign

its obvious this man is killing himself in the midst of running a epic tech empire.. He needs to take care of himself and heal... Steve Jobs is as about as brilliant as it gets, but we can't count on him forever for everything. Apple as sure as the day it was born, will continue to be the best in the industry.. We as consumers, investors, designs, developers have the power to keep the vision going, to never settle for anything but the best and Apple will have to find ways to keep itself on top... One thing i read in all the many articles about Mr Jobs that struck me the most was the fact that Steve himself never bothered to stop and listen to what the people wanted- because he knew once they people got what they wanted, they would want something else, just like a child... And now we find our selves not wanting him to leave.. is that what we really want? The poor guy to work himself to death for the needs of our tech savy expectations?NO, Instead Live by his example, stop and ask- is this really what i want? He did, and took another look and created something "we the people" woulld fall in love with! Like a mass media, world wide love affair we have had with Steve Jobs- He will never give us what we want- he will give us something better.. and so, we must continue his passionate legacy with blind faith! It might take more then one man to fill the shoes of Mr Jobs, but If he's got it right he'll make sure he keeps the love affair going long before he is gone.....

dbucyk
dbucyk

I could care less about apple products. Yes, Steve Jobs brought alot of innovation to Apple, but the products are so overpriced and there are other products out there. Also, Apple is being a bully when it comes to innovation, blocking the Samsung products as well as others. If this happens and Apple is going to try and become a monopoly, it won't happen. Look at Microsoft and what happened to them.

JJFitz
JJFitz

he still has plenty of power.

ksaldutti
ksaldutti

Steve may be as many have touted as a not so great person to work for. He has been called a tyrant at the helms of Apple and Disney. But his business and creative sense of future innovation has made him a peppier drawing a customer base like zombies to his company???s products. I have never seen such a loyal customer base. The only thing that would make the entire story perfect would be the product lines where all made in America by Americans. Steve will be truly missed when the day comes that he leaves us all.

Matt Ridge
Matt Ridge

I can actually say that I am one of the few people that have actually met Steve Jobs in person at the Apple Campus at 1 Infinity Drive, I know the drive Steve Jobs has. With that being said, nothing really is going to change. Apple has been without Steve Jobs at the helm for almost 8 months. Tim Cook is good at what he is doing now, he was interim CEO while Steve Jobs was out, and if anything Apple's Stock grew, and the company has not faltered as people feared back then. Tim Cook's skill, knowledge, and experience while at Apple has made him a very sought after person, it was only logical that Apple would actually give him the job itself, instead of having him thrown to the side by some other person that would have to be brought up to speed and cause a real blip at Apple. I have owned a Apple/Mac since 1987, I own a Ford, and I also build custom $2000 PC game systems for a very elite group of gamers. (meaning rich), and I'll tell you right now, with Apple owning 51% of Disney (may be 50%), and Apple being one of the most well off companies in the world... with a quarterly growth of a billion plus for over several years, Apple has no where to go but down. Yes they can get more market share, but to tell you the truth, being 2nd best, and yet one of the richest companies in the world... I call that impressive on it's face. Tim Cook has a solid foundation to work off of, with several months of experience already under his belt, Apple will be just fine.

billtomlin
billtomlin

Aug 6, 2009 ??? 1997: Microsoft rescues one-time and future nemesis Apple with a $150 million ... video feed of then-Microsoft CEO Bill Gates piped into the Yea, Yea, Yea Steve Jobs the genius who almost ran the company out of existance just 4 years ago is the super hero of all time. Seriously folks this guy has become some sort of god; kinda like Tiger. I don't own a Chevy and I don't use Apple, and I'm really happy about it!! The fanatic Apple Heads are worse than Raider Fans, sorry but the hype and myth are just that, data is data, and I am the data master I own you all.

Vulpinemac
Vulpinemac

I think Jobs has set up enough of an internal roadmap that Apple will continue as it has for at least a couple years if not longer. Five years... Ten? That really depends on how much of the last 13 years has been driven by Cook. In some ways having a strong team at the top is better than a single leader, but Cook isn't a JoAT as Jobs was. Will three masters do as well as that one Jack--er, Jobs?

joe2012
joe2012

I think that Apple can last in the short term. However, in the long term the ideas, the challenge to be different and almost cult leadership of Jobs will not continue without him. Apple will become conservative due to the investors who are scare now but this the worst thing they can do. Jobs had investors confidence to allow Apple to change directions, experiment, try new products and maybe even allow one or two failures. This is due that Jobs will eventual come out with a device that will work in the consumer market. However without him that trust is gone and Apple will take less risk and if their is one failure that may happen and most likely will happen then panic will occur and they become even more investor driven. My Final point Apple did not fair without him and only bounce back when he came back. So, if history so us anything it repeat itself.

jgustafson
jgustafson

A man can have an idea from his home, call someone who can make it a real thing and there you go! Jobs does not need to over see the production of the item he just has to have the idea and that is still possable. No one man makes a company or without the line the half back would not make a touch down. Just because he carried the ball he gets all the TV time. It takes a team to make something work.

bratwizard
bratwizard

Where's the "Who Cares?" poll item???

mckinnej
mckinnej

A major change in leadership like this will affect ANY company. Apple is not special in that regard. They will be viewed with more skepticism and doubt until Cook proves himself. He will be judged more critically and each failure will carry more weight too. He's got a tough act to follow. Honestly though, the stock market was kinder than I expected. I thought their stock would take a much worse beating. I'm sure they've got the next year mapped out already. The real impact of Jobs' departure won't be apparent for a couple of years.

mwclarke1
mwclarke1

just where he chooses to make decisions from So he has someone taking the every day tasks, Still his company and will still be run as Steve Jobs wants it until he dies, His visions, etc. Apple has had it's good times and bad. Nothing new just brought to market faster and sometimes better than others. Brilliant from a business standpoint, trap everyone into having to go back to you for anything related to their products. I however do not like being forced into using proprietary and only one way to download tunes for a playback device, apps for a tablet, etc. Good devices but no worth the premium. I think too much a controlling person, then again I guess am too when it comes to my business, rest assured, as long as he is breathing Apple is still going to be run by Steve no matter who he has working under him.

bornbyforce
bornbyforce

"There is nothing special about Apple so there should not be anything special Jobs either" A company had some financial success because of good marketing and because of being in the right place in the right time. This in turn is partially because of visionaries like Jobs but mostly due to luck. All achievements of Apple, if they have not done, some other company would have done few months or maximum a couple of years later. In the poll, the option for "companies change their leaders -- big deal" was was available. "Companies go better and worse with whoever as their leader --big deal" was missing.

benardquek
benardquek

If it makes bigger boobs, then all the toys that apple makes could just be phallic symbols for mankind and little else. Artificial and for good looks only. If you carefully look at the iPhone and iPad, they are in effect, pop culture toys, just like larger boobs were in the old days....

ucantx
ucantx

Uh Hmmm...... crcgraphix, uh you mean "silicon", don't you (as in "Silicon Valley"). SILICONE makes boobs bigger ....

crcgraphix
crcgraphix

the real Silicone Pirate. Even though PC came out first, apple was always superior somehow...

HypnoToad72
HypnoToad72

It's just greed. Competition hurts their bottom line and in "the free market", to play by those rules would render ANY company extinct over time. Why else do so many multinational companies (and banks) get tax cuts, taxpayer-funded subsidy, and even bailouts, with all of us getting nothing in return? It's a farce. All of it. Samsung's hardware quality is much better than Apple's. The Samsung Galaxy S vs an iPhone 3GS has the Samsung blowing it away when playing the same games. I own one of each. iphone 4, which I've looked at closely at the phone store, has a nicer screen, but it's smaller and still not as vibrant. When the Samsung Galaxy S II comes out in America, it WILL be an iPhone-killer. Even if I can say that iOS is far more stable than Android, I still prefer using my Android even though I have to reboot it. That says quite a lot, considering I prefer OS X due to Windows because of stability and related reasons...

HypnoToad72
HypnoToad72

Actually, profit margins would go from 55% to 35% (for a MacBook Pro, each device has different profit margins depending on h/w capabilities). But with living wages jobs, we'd have a more secure economic paradigm. As wages go down but costs go up, especially education where even $12/hr "trickle down-success" type jobs require a Bachelor's degree... it doesn't take an economist with 20 degrees to his name to see that all of this is not sustainable. Offshoring jobs to pocket the difference and turn a blind eye to the plight of the workers being abused there does not help, amongst other things, their reputation.

HypnoToad72
HypnoToad72

It's a commodity, like any other. No wonder we're in the economic mess we're in. Try to sell your home, in this glut, so you can move to a job halfway around the country (before they render the worker obsolete to do this whole song and dance all over again...) And you are right - without the team there can be no success... how the team is treated is just as important. Something many Americans have forgotten, even by conscious choice.

jlindner
jlindner

You obviously were not around when Apple was going down the tubes without Steve Jobs and had to be bailed out by Microsoft. Steve Jobs & Mr. Bill put together a deal that would last more than 1 year which is way more than the attention span of most CEOs. Steve Jobs should be touted as the turnaround genius of the century. From almost extinction to the richest company on earth. Really, do you think that would have happened without him? Here is a little history lesson my grasshopper.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Apple_Inc.#1985-1997:_Sculley.2C_Spindler.2C_Amelio

HypnoToad72
HypnoToad72

Which includes offshored workers. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/government/is-apples-suicide-factory-outsourcing-to-even-cheaper-chinese-peasants/9537 http://www.pcworld.com/article/197312/foxconn_plans_safety_nets_may_raise_pay_after_12th_suicide.html http://www.nbclosangeles.com/blogs/press-here/Foxconn-Forces-Employees-to-Sign-No-Suicide-Pact-121396179.html http://www.businessinsider.com/chinese-iphone-factory-foxconn-holds-creepy-anti-suicide-rally-2010-8?slop=1 They too represent the company. And because of them, Apple could get a 55% profit margin out of a 17" MacBook Pro instead of 35%. All of those ungrateful workers might explain the barrage of Macbooks overheating, iMac screen yellowing (due to heat), and other problems. A quick web search reveals all of that, and much more. Passive-aggressive response to being little more than slave labor? http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/slavery 1. the state or condition of being a slave; a civil relationship whereby one person has absolute power over another and controls his life, liberty, and fortune 2. the subjection of a person to another person, esp in being forced into work 3. the condition of being subject to some influence or habit 4. work done in harsh conditions for low pay

Vulpinemac
Vulpinemac

What's this about old days? You go looking around and boobs are bigger today than ever--and most of them don't own Apple products but rather insist that Apple can't even compete.

Animal13
Animal13

Actually the Apple IIC predates the IBM PC by several years...

msallese11
msallese11

I remember when Apple was Steve-less and the Board went to Steve to beg him back. Apple had to buy his computr compaqny - Next Computers - to get him back.