Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Aug 2016 18:42 UTC

So, is Apple doomed? Of course not. As John Gruber says, "Any conversation that uses that word is in silly la-la land." With Macs, iPads, and software applications and services, Apple isn’t a one-trick pony like BlackBerry, to use an example cited by those most freaked out about the recent iPhone slowdown. It recorded $50.6 billion in sales during that "disappointing" quarter, more than the combined revenue of Google parent Alphabet ($20.3 billion) and Amazon ($29.1 billion) over the same period. Its $10.5 billion in profits outpaced not just the combination of Alphabet ($4.2 billion) and Amazon ($513 million) but also Facebook ($1.5 billion) and Microsoft ($3.8 billion).

"I don't read all the coverage on Apple that there is," Cook tells me a few days after my lunch with Cue and Federighi. "The way that I look at that is, I really know the truth." And he's ready to talk about it.

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In my opinion
by mlankton on Mon 8th Aug 2016 19:12 UTC
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Mac Pro and OS X have suffered in Jobs' absence. Everything else has been pretty much business as usual. However I do think they dropped the ball with whatever plans they had for AppleTV and there may never be a good reason for wanting one going forward.

All things considered, I think Apple has to be happy with where they sit today. I mean we're talking Jobs here. Cook can't fill those shoes, but he hasn't sunk the ship.

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RE: In my opinion
by darknexus on Mon 8th Aug 2016 19:21 in reply to "In my opinion"
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Mac Pro and OS X have suffered in Jobs' absence. Everything else has been pretty much business as usual.

Agreed on the first part. The Mac and its associated operating system has suffered severely, and the Sierra betas aren't giving me much hope on that score at all. iOS hasn't quite been business as usual though, and it's obvious that they do at least want to attempt to make it more friendly to professional users. They have added items to it that I'd have never expected under Jobs like Safari extensions, inter-app file sharing (stilted, but it does exist), Bluetooth keyboard shortcuts and an API for developers to actually use the keyboard. I really do feel like Apple is gradually positioning iOS for the long-term, slowly (too slowly perhaps) ramping up the functionality until it's just got everything most people need without even thinking about it. I know I use my iDevices a lot more than I did even two years ago; my iPad, in particular, gets used far more than any other machine I have. If you'd told me two years ago that I'd say that, I'd have laughed in your face and asked for some of the substance you were smoking. Now...

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RE: In my opinion
by chrish on Tue 9th Aug 2016 13:08 in reply to "In my opinion"
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Not just Mac Pro, but literally all Macs other than the Mac Book have been left to wither on the vine; check out the MacRumors Buyer's Guide, so many "DON'T BUY" machines:

In particular, check out the "Days since last release" for MacBook Pro. Frustrating.

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