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  • Apple (AAPL -0.5%) roundup: 1) Samsung has reportedly raised its prices for making Apple's A-series app processors by 20%. Apple is dependent on Samsung for A-series production for now, but is widely believed to be eying a deal with TSMC (TSM). 2) In a very questionable rumor, a Chinese paper claims Apple will begin trial production of an iPhone 5S in December. 3) A former senior engineer bemoans the loss of Scott Forstall, whom he calls "the best approximation of Steve Jobs that Apple had left." [View news story]
    I am one of those "harping" on how difficult Forstall was to get along with....I suspect it was indeed a case where either Forstall goes, or we would lose other very valuable players. Is this mere speculation? I say no, because Mansfield already left and had to be coaxed back....

    And for the record...I am not an Apple defender....I try to represent things according to how I see them. Did you fail to notice that not everyone liked my comments that SJ was weird and had character issues? That is not favorable, it isn't defending Apple nor its legacy. Remember me acknowledging "stealing" from PARC? Recall also that I had serious concerns over Forstall, prior to the news of his departure....I was PMing on that issue, but at the time, that was not an interpretation that was favorable to Apple....

    Problematic personalities are sometimes tolerated because of the iconic status they have achieved. How about John Lennon, think he got away with some things? Steve Jobs, even way back in the Sculley days, was tolerated a lot....of course, he was one of the founders, the largest shareholder, and one of the guys who were part of pioneering PCs with the Apple II....

    You think Forstall falls into this category? I say, not by a long shot. But, even with SJ, there came a point where even he was asked to go....even by his former supporters like Markula who deserves a lot of credit for Apple's success.... But, IMO, SJ was intractable, and brought that upon himself, and it was unfortunate....even tragic.....
    Nov 12 07:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Victory Over Android - What Does It Mean? [View article]
    @andy

    I am NOT a boomer.....yet your comments make me embarrassed to be on the same side of the boomer fence as you....that is some of the dumbest bigotry posted....and believe me, you have a lot of guys competing for that top spot....
    Nov 12 05:10 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Victory Over Android - What Does It Mean? [View article]
    Really Pirota? Then why does your picture look like it is saying that

    a rotting apple = Droid sludge ?
    Nov 12 04:48 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL -0.5%) roundup: 1) Samsung has reportedly raised its prices for making Apple's A-series app processors by 20%. Apple is dependent on Samsung for A-series production for now, but is widely believed to be eying a deal with TSMC (TSM). 2) In a very questionable rumor, a Chinese paper claims Apple will begin trial production of an iPhone 5S in December. 3) A former senior engineer bemoans the loss of Scott Forstall, whom he calls "the best approximation of Steve Jobs that Apple had left." [View news story]
    Uhhhh....haven't heard of "yes men" in Apple top mgt...who specifically?

    Exactly criticalbear, Forstall was a disrupter, disrupting Apple right out of business....time to sell the stock if Ive and Mansfield leaves so that they can hold on to Forstall....what a dopey move that would've been....

    I read that linked article too...haha....one of the main reasons Forstall is like SJ was because he's a jerk....talk about not understanding Jobs' obvious strengths. I think that it is the "thinking" that was disrupted in that article. Great powers of reasoning.....like saying that the reason manure makes good fertilizer is because of the bad smell.....
    Nov 12 04:19 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL -0.5%) roundup: 1) Samsung has reportedly raised its prices for making Apple's A-series app processors by 20%. Apple is dependent on Samsung for A-series production for now, but is widely believed to be eying a deal with TSMC (TSM). 2) In a very questionable rumor, a Chinese paper claims Apple will begin trial production of an iPhone 5S in December. 3) A former senior engineer bemoans the loss of Scott Forstall, whom he calls "the best approximation of Steve Jobs that Apple had left." [View news story]
    Looks like Apple doesn't want Samsung as a supplier, and Samsung doesn't want Apple as a customer....mutual agreement at last!
    Nov 12 03:01 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL) has seen some ex-employees take shots at it lately. Former sales exec David Sabotta criticized Tim Cook's people skills, hiring acumen, and passion for technology. Former engineer Dan Crow argued the same top-down business structure that allowed Steve Jobs to build an empire is now a liability, since no one can fill Jobs' shoes. And last month, Steve Wozniak called Apple "arrogant" for refusing to make a larger iPhone. "Not all people want the same thing. A lot of people want the big screens." [View news story]
    A glove would have to be a regular 10" and not a "mini".... ;)
    Nov 12 02:27 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Has Peaked: The Warning Signs Are Multiplying [View article]
    I didn't ....I figured the first sentence was to Sduris...while the rest was in general, continuing on with the cancer discussion....as my thoughts on the cancer issue seemed to be at odds with the article, but not with the book....

    Ok...well, back to your fistfight...lol
    Nov 11 08:48 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL) has seen some ex-employees take shots at it lately. Former sales exec David Sabotta criticized Tim Cook's people skills, hiring acumen, and passion for technology. Former engineer Dan Crow argued the same top-down business structure that allowed Steve Jobs to build an empire is now a liability, since no one can fill Jobs' shoes. And last month, Steve Wozniak called Apple "arrogant" for refusing to make a larger iPhone. "Not all people want the same thing. A lot of people want the big screens." [View news story]
    I probably is at least worthy of consideration. SJ seemed to recognize that a smaller tablet size was not such a stupid idea... why not a different size iPhone? A 5" phone might be made to fit most pockets, particularly a widescreen. If you can 1 hand a mini iPad, then you can do so on a larger phone too. For me, I have my iPad with me, even a mini iPad might be small for me, I don't care much about a bigger phone....but, if I only had a phone, then bigger would be helpful on websites. It is reasonable to think that Apple disregarded this part of the market and left it to competitors. There are trade-offs like in any product decision...was the single size, the ideal course for Apple to have taken? Wiz and Sduris, as marketing experts, what are your thoughts on this?
    Nov 11 08:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Has Peaked: The Warning Signs Are Multiplying [View article]
    I didn 't say that magical thinking was not involved at all....I am simply trying to balance this with the general pattern that Jobs had....

    You know, I find it peculiar that Isaacson failed to do this for himself in that article....Isaacson reported a different emphasis in his book, and Jobs' wife had commented on it:

    "He has that ability to ignore things he doesn't want to confront", Powel [his wife] explained. Whether it involved personal topics relating to his family or marriage, or professional issues relating to engineering or business challenges, regarding health or cancer issues, Jobs sometimes simply didn't engage."

    Sometimes sound bites from articles are insufficient.... particularly when whole chapters were dedicated to the topic....I recall what was written differently, and here is Isaacson's comments from his book....like I said, Jobs was strange, but to me, fear and avoidance are normal responses to something like cancer....
    Nov 11 07:37 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Has Peaked: The Warning Signs Are Multiplying [View article]
    Much of that about SJ sounds about right....it seems he was strange to be sure. His genius was more than marketing though, he was able to recognize ideas that were worth something, even if it wasn't right away. He was more than a "prettifier", he had a fine tuned sense of taste and an attention to detail and function. He had a passion, a fervor over things which were infectious, making him motivating and compelling, inside and outside of Apple, he had that belief that the impossible was possible, and he had the drive to make it happen....

    On the flip side, most of my comments have been quite critical of SJ, particularly his treatment if others and his character, or the lack thereof....but that shouldn't stop me from recognizing his genius and his accomplishments....

    "He was an interesting guy. We're worse off without him. But I can't make the leap to cultic sainthood that so many have done in their habit-forming Jobs withdrawal."

    It is mostly the bears that seem hung up on SJ..... bulls who could not come to terms with his loss are no longer bulls... truth is, I see no evidence on these threads of sainthood or cults...except the frequent mention of it by those wishing to use that misconception as an excuse to belittle those who still think highly of Apple. 

    As far as the pancreatic cancer, it was spoken of as more of an avoidance of certain things he didn't want to face. His way of dealing with certain things seemed to be to put it out of his mind and NOT deal with it..... so, though there may be a bit of  'magical thinking' to be blamed, much of it was avoidance and delay rather than outright denial of the cancer. 

    I wouldn't say that calligraphy was his first love...it was more like being the one to make "a dent" in the universe....and he did....
    Nov 11 06:33 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL) has seen some ex-employees take shots at it lately. Former sales exec David Sabotta criticized Tim Cook's people skills, hiring acumen, and passion for technology. Former engineer Dan Crow argued the same top-down business structure that allowed Steve Jobs to build an empire is now a liability, since no one can fill Jobs' shoes. And last month, Steve Wozniak called Apple "arrogant" for refusing to make a larger iPhone. "Not all people want the same thing. A lot of people want the big screens." [View news story]
    Because it was a passing comment, tongue in cheek, obvious, didn't think it required any more... My point was agreeing that sometimes people have to be fired.

    But, more importantly, when guys get bent over nothing, then start shouting laundry lists of great Italians or singing it from the roof tops (He forgot Luciano Pavarotti by the way), then there suddenly appears a more interesting topic to comment on.... ;)
    Nov 11 02:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL) has seen some ex-employees take shots at it lately. Former sales exec David Sabotta criticized Tim Cook's people skills, hiring acumen, and passion for technology. Former engineer Dan Crow argued the same top-down business structure that allowed Steve Jobs to build an empire is now a liability, since no one can fill Jobs' shoes. And last month, Steve Wozniak called Apple "arrogant" for refusing to make a larger iPhone. "Not all people want the same thing. A lot of people want the big screens." [View news story]
    Nanci,
    So what's your point? So Galileo and DaVinci was fortunate enough to share the same racial background as you and your mother? it really doesn't matter to me where you're from....we are all from somewhere...means nothing...you are YOU, regardless who your ancestors were....

    I was basically agreeing with your comment....so I recommend that you start reading past the first sentence.....
    Nov 11 09:06 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL) has seen some ex-employees take shots at it lately. Former sales exec David Sabotta criticized Tim Cook's people skills, hiring acumen, and passion for technology. Former engineer Dan Crow argued the same top-down business structure that allowed Steve Jobs to build an empire is now a liability, since no one can fill Jobs' shoes. And last month, Steve Wozniak called Apple "arrogant" for refusing to make a larger iPhone. "Not all people want the same thing. A lot of people want the big screens." [View news story]
    I didn't know Aesop was actually Italian....lol

    But you are right, sometimes people just have to go....and that includes Forstall, as well as Browett...I wonder what we will hear from them in the future....nothing good about Cook, I would guess.

    With Browett, who's strengths are a big mismatch for Apple, it is hard to see how he could have been put at the head of Apple Retail in the first place. Anyone who's been to an Apple store knows that it is far more than just a place to sell merchandise....it is a place where people are taking classes, getting their problems resolved, and getting exposed to the products in a no sales pressure environment....if you don't get that, then one can't even be an Apple store employee, not to mention heading the whole darn thing. Browett just didn't belong....what kind of fox eats grapes anyway?....that's about as much sense as his position made to me....
    Nov 11 02:59 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL) has seen some ex-employees take shots at it lately. Former sales exec David Sabotta criticized Tim Cook's people skills, hiring acumen, and passion for technology. Former engineer Dan Crow argued the same top-down business structure that allowed Steve Jobs to build an empire is now a liability, since no one can fill Jobs' shoes. And last month, Steve Wozniak called Apple "arrogant" for refusing to make a larger iPhone. "Not all people want the same thing. A lot of people want the big screens." [View news story]
    I find  Sabotta's criticisms interesting in light of SJ's "people skills" in calling people's work "sh*t", and how he exercized hiring acumen by bringing in Sculley who preceded to dismantle everything "Apple" about the company after he was gone....

    As far as passion for technology, the center of gravity for that aspect has clearly moved from Jobs to other people in the company, Perhaps being most strongly led by Jony Ive. Passion for the products is ingrained in the culture of the company....and Cook was smart enough to know that this was not one of Steve Jobs' roles that he himself could fill, and decided to give more breadth to Ive's position within the company....
    Nov 10 10:29 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • China Telecom (CHA) says it plans to begin selling the iPhone 5 (AAPL +2.2%) in late November or early December, a little earlier than expected. During Apple's FQ4 call, Tim Cook would only say Apple expects a December Chinese launch. China Unicom's (CHU) chairman is more cautious in setting a timetable. Meanwhile, RBC is predicting Apple will finally reach a deal with China Mobile (CHL) in 2013, perhaps even before the Chinese New Year - the iPhone 5 doesn't support CHL's TD-SCDMA 3G network. (previous[View news story]
    I agree. I have been watching how we had chip problems with TSMC, screen problems at Sharp, and quality problems at Foxconn....Cook did not sacrifice quality for higher numbers...which is the approach that I expect from Apple. After seeing them navigate that without total disaster has left me with more confidence in Cook than when it all started. I am watching the diversification away from Samsung supply, and it has been difficult and painful...yet one that I think is necessary. The problems were all exascerbated by the across the board product refreshes, which we will see the benefits only after the holidays.
    Nov 10 09:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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