I woke up to 5 missed calls, 3 offline messages, 1 facebook wall post and 5 twitter mentions. It was nothing but kind words and bad news about the death of my hero.
Rest in Peace, Steven Paul Jobs. I owe much of what I am today to you. Thank you!
Today’s post is dedicated to my personal hero, Steven Paul Jobs, who thought me to believe in design and quality. As we all know by now, Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple Inc, the world’s biggest technology company and makers of the Mac, iPhone, iPad and other great products.
The news about Steve’s departure although saddens me was inevitable. Steve’s health has forced him to be on medical leave since January. In 2009, he had a liver transplant and he has been reported dead several times.
As Walt Mossberg of All Things D writes; Steve Jobs’ resignation as chief executive officer of Apple is the end of an extraordinary era, not just for Apple, but for the global technology industry in general and I agree with him.
I however have no doubt his successor, Tim Cook (The Apprentice as some of us refer to him as) can run Apple Inc. as well as Steve Jobs did. Tim Cook has been with Apple since 1998 and is decried as an operational genius. He served as iCEO in 2009 and has been running Apple for the past 8 months.
I wish Steve Jobs good health and the very very best on his new position as Apple Board Chairman.
You are forever my idol!
To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
Anybody who knows me knows how crazy i am about Apple and Steve Jobs [no homo!]. I am sure a lot of you woke up this morning (on my side of the world) to figures you have not seen Apple posting before.
Apple announced it’s Q4 earnings and it was great. Apple recorded an unprecedented revenue of $20.34 billion and a profit after tax of $4.31 billion. 14.1 million iPhones sold in the quarter. Did someone say antennaegate? Steve Jobs, who isn’t known to be at earnings call was there. Tim Cook, COO was there and so was Peter Oppenheimer, CFO. I just want to share with you some of the quotes from yesterday’s event.
*We are blown away to report over $20 billion in revenue and over $4 billion in after-tax earnings—both all-time records for apple. iPhone sales of 14.1 million were up 91% year-over-year, handily beating the 12.1 million phones RIM sold in their most recent quarter. we still have a few surprises left for the remainder of this calendar year - Steve Jobs
*We still have a few surprises left for the remainder of this calendar year - Steve Jobs | bet he’s talking about the new MacBook Air. A CDMA iPhone? Maybe
*Let me talk iPhone for a bit. It handily beat RIM’s most recent quarter — we’ve now passed RIM and I don’t see them catching up in the forseeable future. They must move beyond their comfort area and become a software platform company - Steve Jobs
*Our goal is to make the best devices in the world, not to be the biggest — as you know Nokia is the biggest, and we admire them for shipping as many devices as they do. But we don’t want to be like them — we want to be like us, and make the best devices - Steve Jobs
*We strongly believe that one or more strategic opportunities will come along. We’re very responsible with our cash, it doesn’t burn a hole in our pocket, we don’t make stupid acquisitions - Steve Jobs on Apple’s $50 billion cash. Maybe Apple will decide to buy Twitter.
*We’ll be in 89 countries with iPhone 4 by the end of the year - Tim Cook | I got a feeling Ghana will be in the 89 courtesy Vodafone Ghana.
You can check out the audio and text from the earning call on Engadget’s website. Tomorrow is a big day; Apple’s Back to Mac Event. Rumors are that Apple will announce a new MacBook Air (which is obvious), bumped the 13” MacBook Pro to i3 and Mac OS 10.7. What will the codename be? Lion?
I am sure after tomorrow, I will be able to decide on an iPad, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro! (subject to the availability of funds :0) )