Tim Cook 'Extremely Proud' of Ongoing Collaboration At Apple, Will Host Employee Meeting Tomorrow
Following today's fourth quarter earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an email (via 9to5Mac) to employees to thank them for their hard work and to invite them to an employee communications meeting that will be held on Tuesday, October 29.
In the email, Cook notes that he is "extremely proud" of the ongoing collaboration across the company, reporting that business at Apple "has never been stronger."
We've just posted financial results for fiscal Q4, including record-setting iPhone sales. I am happy to report that Apple's business has never been stronger, and we are heading into the holidays within amazing lineup led by the new iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, the stunning iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display. You and your teams work incredibly hard to deliver the very best products in the world, and our customers simply love them. I'm extremely proud of the collaboration going on across the company and everything we've accomplished as result of this great team effort.
Please join me for an employee communications meeting tomorrow at 9 AM Pacific time. The meeting will be broadcast to locations throughout Cupertino and Apple offices across the world. AppleWeb has a complete list of sites where you'll be able to watch live or see a replay in certain time zones. We've also created a link on AppleWeb where you can submit your questions in advance, and we'll do our best to answer as many as we can during the meeting. I look forward to hearing from you.
The meeting will be held at 9 AM Pacific Time in Cupertino, and broadcast to employees around the world via a live stream or replay. Apple will also be taking questions from employees, which can be submitted on the internal AppleWeb.
Apple today announced that it had sold a record-breaking 33.8 million iPhones during the September quarter, up from 26.9 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple also announced a total of $37.5 billion in revenue, with a net quarterly profit of $7.5 billion or $8.26 per diluted share.
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He's maximizes profits by continuing to sell outdated models and re-packaging others (iPhone 5C.) He won over people by apologizing for Maps and donating to charities. He's aggressively expanding into new markets. You really couldn't ask for a better bean counter.
But all that isn't what made Apple the company I used to admire. I appreciated a simplified product lineup rather than selling anything it could still churn out (like every other corporation.) I was won over by hardware and software that not only looked good with attention to detail, but "just worked." And above all, I respected a company that wasn't out to be the biggest, but the best. They didn't listen to shareholders because they didn't have to: What they did was great and didn't need advice.
Instead, software and hardware are being rushed into mass production without proper testing. Attention to detail is gone. And Cook's obsession with China shows he hasn't gotten a clue from the last three decades of Corporate America failure in the worlds most populous nation.
My favorite lie out of the entire post-Jobs era: "Steve left us five years of product roadmap before he passed on." What a load of nonsense, perfectly crafted to calm stock prices. There is no roadmap. They don't have a clue what the "next big thing" is. And to be perfectly honest, not a soul in Apple's boardroom cares.
And why should they? The billions keep pouring in and they'll all be long gone by the time the revenues dry up.
I think through this reflection, I understand now why Apple, Sony & HP were most successful under their founders. If corporations were people, we'd classify most of their actions as psychotic. But if there's a "human" touch, from a leader that truly cares about their company, people see it in their products and recognize that quality. It resonates with them. And that's what made Steve so special.
Here, let me try what you just did, but with different examples:
For anyone who supports gun control and opposes gun rights, I challenge you this: if you should only choose one of those, taken to its extreme, which would you choose? Keep in mind that gun control would result in peace and love for everyone all over the world, whereas gun rights taken to its extreme would result in Sarah Connor's nuclear dream from Terminator.
For anyone who supports Han shooting first and opposes Greedo shooting first, I challenge you this: If you should only choose one of those, which would you choose? Keep in mind that Han shooting first would result in Star Wars the way it was originally intended, whereas Greedo choosing first means you park in the fire zone in front of businesses.
For anyone who supports vanilla and opposes chocolate, I challenge you this: if you should only choose one of those, taken to its extreme, which would you rather feed to your dog?
Agreed. They're overworked and underpaid.
What about the antenna gate issue under Steve's reign? Or how about the 6 years of no innovation between the iPod (2001) and iPhone (2007)? The iPad took 3yrs after the iPhone to release and it's essentially a derivative of the iPhone. We're expecting a whole new market from Tim Cook/Apple but it's only been 3 years. Not even Steve can pull this off in that amount of time.
The fact of the matter is that you're not a prophet and you don't know Steve Jobs. You don't know what he would've done nor where Apple would be today if he were still alive.