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Steve Jobs' Vision to Extend to Next iPhone

With the death of Steve Jobs, a number of observers have addressed concerns over the future of Apple by noting that the company's roadmap is almost certainly already set for the next several years, and Jobs would obviously have played a key role in setting those plans in motion.


Steve Jobs introduces the iPhone 4 (Source: Matthew Yohe)

And while it should not come as a surprise, Jobs is said to have been playing a key role directing development of not only the iPhone 4S set to debut next week, but also the next-generation iPhone. Word of Jobs' involvement comes from Masayoshi Son, president of Japanese carrier Softbank, who noted to Reuters that "even after [Jobs'] death the work that he spearheaded will come out to the world".



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98 months ago
So what's the implication here? Once the product development cycle for which Jobs was involved has passed, Apple is going to start producing crap? Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Apple the company it is today because Jobs hired the best and groomed them to create stunning consumer products?
Rating: 28 Votes
98 months ago

Apple is REALLY going to suck now. Tim Cook walks and talks like every other high-tech CEO. We're screwed...


In fairness to Cook/Forstall/Schiller...they clearly knew Jobs was about to die at any moment when they announced the 4S.
Rating: 25 Votes
98 months ago
RIP Steve :( The world will not be the same without you. It feels like I've lost someone in my family. I'm seriously buying a iPhone 4S (4 Steve).
Rating: 21 Votes
98 months ago

I'm sadder today than yesterday... Woke up crying...


It's a very sad day but we should be celebrating his life as well as mourning his death.
Rating: 21 Votes
98 months ago
For one day, can we please shut up about at least the rumours and mourn the death of such a legend?

Sorry, but I'm as sad as I was last night.
Rating: 18 Votes
98 months ago
No need to complain about this headline. It's exactly what Steve would have wanted.

It's a good thing to see.

I can visualize him right now.

"One More Thing ! "
Rating: 17 Votes
98 months ago

Apple is REALLY going to suck now. Tim Cook walks and talks like every other high-tech CEO. We're screwed...


Tim Cook is great... here is a CEO at Apple for a reason... if you can do it better, DO IT!!! Otherwise stop whining...
Rating: 17 Votes
98 months ago
I think steve sacrificed some of his health Making Sure apple would travel the right path in the Future

I for one am very Optimistic
Rating: 15 Votes
98 months ago
He probably left MORe than 2 years of input for the future;):apple::apple:
Rating: 10 Votes
98 months ago

He probably left MORe than 2 years of input for the future;):apple::apple:


I think there's a whiteboard, or Minority Report style heads up display, somewhere at Apple HQ that lays out the next 4 or 5 years worth of hardware.
Jobs was there.

He'll be missed in the details though, like these ugly GUIs that have crept into iCal and Find My Friends. Apple benefitted tremendously from having a top notch negotiator at the helm to craft deals with content providers and the like, I don't know if an army of Tim Cooks could be as persuasive.


Tupac released more songs after he died than while he was alive it seems. We will see many "previously unreleased tracks" from Steve Jobs coming out of Apple for the years to come. The most important thing Steve Jobs created at Apple was Apple itself. He created the environment and culture where people can make the very best and innovative products. Siri was a vision that Steve Jobs had many years ago -- they even referenced the Apple video that illustrated that vision in their pre-acquisition presentations. Steve thought many years ahead, but like Siri, he did not create the things he envisioned. He hired (or acquired) the right people to make it happen. As long as his vision is in place, I believe the people he put together will execute on that.

The biggest thing that will be missed at Apple is Steve's innate ability to know when something was not quite right and when it was ready for the world. He had great instincts. He hand-picked Tim Cook as the man to take the reins for a reason -- I am going to trust that instinct too.
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