Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Mar 2013 22:17 UTC
Apple Apple's Phil Shiller has been trash-talking Android in the press these past few days - just as Samsung is about to launch its Galaxy S4. "Public, preemptive slamming of a competitor is far outside Apple's PR wheelhouse; it's a dramatic shift for a company used to making news rather than reacting to it. But why is it happening?" The Verge hits the nail on the head: "Cupertino's behavior this week is yet another symptom of Samsung's stratospheric rise in the smartphone market globally, a rise that challenges Apple and has outright stifled Android competitors like HTC and Sony."
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RE: No publicity is bad publicity
by bnolsen on Fri 15th Mar 2013 00:07 UTC in reply to "No publicity is bad publicity"
bnolsen
Member since:
2006-01-06

It's the "No Steve" effect. Just speculating, but Apple probably had a lot of typical petty MBA types in upper management that Steve likely kept them in check. Apparently the new guy in charge at Apple isn't following in Steve's footprints and the petty crap is starting to show through. Apple either needs to change to fit the current market OR do what Steve used to do, change the market itself. Now they just want to legally bury the competition and freeze the market as it is.

Edited 2013-03-15 00:08 UTC

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

It's the "No Steve" effect. Just speculating, but Apple probably had a lot of typical petty MBA types in upper management that Steve likely kept them in check. Apparently the new guy in charge at Apple isn't following in Steve's footprints and the petty crap is starting to show through. Apple either needs to change to fit the current market OR do what Steve used to do, change the market itself. Now they just want to legally bury the competition and freeze the market as it is.


I think this is entirely Steve's fault. Jobs was one of the most vocal about how little he thought of the competition and would frequently go on rants about them. It happened with IBM, then with Microsoft and now it's happening all over again with Google and Samsung.

The stagnation also started while Jobs was in charge. Without wanting to start a debate about innovation vs evolution, it still takes years to put a new (to that company) paradigm through research, design, development and testing before it even hits production. Yet even when Jobs was CEO, there was release after release of the same iPhone.

However I can forgive Apple for stagnating as, if we're really honest, no company can release a totally new product every couple of years. Not even Apple can.

Edited 2013-03-15 00:23 UTC

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M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

The stagnation also started while Jobs was in charge. Without wanting to start a debate about innovation vs evolution, it still takes years to put a new (to that company) paradigm through research, design, development and testing before it even hits production. Yet even when Jobs was CEO, there was release after release of the same iPhone.

I agree, except with the word 'stagnation'. If Apple haven't released a new game changing product in four years time then it'll be appropriate to worry about stagnation.

if we're really honest, no company can release a totally new product every couple of years. Not even Apple can.

Exactly. Look at the following dates;
iMac 1998, iPod 2001, iPhone 2007, iPad 2010

Just how fast are they supposed to come up with these things?

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kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

It's the "No Steve" effect. Just speculating, but Apple probably had a lot of typical petty MBA types in upper management that Steve likely kept them in check.


Fighting fire with fire.

Apparently the new guy in charge at Apple isn't following in Steve's footprints and the petty crap is starting to show through.


At the beginning of the Ming Dynasty, the founding emperor issued a decree banning the education of all eunuchs working at court and any involvement in the political process, because previous dynasties had fallen to court intrigues from the eunuchs.

After he died, one of his sons usurped the throne and disregarded the policy, eventually allowing eunuchs to once again influence politics and infighting.

Basically, what I'm saying is that MBAs are eunuchs, and if they aren't, should be made into some.

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bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

So what should we do with/to the lawyers?

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someone Member since:
2006-01-12

Actually, Steve trashed the competition whenever he felt there was a threat (ie. Video on MP3 players)

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