The Second Coming of Steve Jobs

SteveJobs I am listening to this book on Audible. Amazing read. But what is even more amazing is how jobs was able to accomplish so much with his obvious maturity and ego issues.
Since reading his acclaimed biography about a year ago, my opinion of Jobs has changed completely. I used to be one of those people who near worshiped Jobs as a genius and visionary. Perhaps both are true to a degree. His visions have all be validated, and yes he changed the technology landscape. But he was also a rude, petty, egotistical man who mistreated and abused the very people who loved him. I am also afraid that his tyrannical, absolute control over Apple during his final years may have damaged the company. Examples of this are evident in his short sited decisions on things like iPhone screen size and feature set. It is clear that Samsung has now passed Apple in the innovation space with their new SG4.
Steve’s absolute control over everything limited innovation at Apple. Can you imagine how successful the MessagePad would be today if Steve had not killed it? Steve could sell anything, and I have no doubt that if he were living, that the iPhone would still have a lead, just because he would have turned weaknesses into strengths. He had that ability. His famous, “One More Thing….” kept us all on the edge of our seats for years.
We will have to see how his death ultimately affects Apple’s creativity. The new Mac Pro line looks interesting, and my new Macbook Pro is the finest notebook I have ever had. The iPhone, as much as it is a part of me, has been a disappointment when compared with the competition in the last two years. Rumor has it that the next iPhone will be released in about a month. I will reserve judgement until then. I do not like the LOOK of the new iOS 7, but I like some of the functionality. I wish Apple had just opted to let us customize our user experience. Jailbreaking cycles have become much longer these days as Apple has tightened security and closed exploits, something Jobs would be very happy about if there was a “third coming,” of Steve Jobs….

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