Apple After Jobs
The week after Steve Jobs died I was in Palo Alto and the question being asked was: ’How will it affect Apple?’
The received wisdom seemed to be that it wouldn’t affect Apple for three or four years because the product plans were all in place.
However the launch last week of a heavier, hotter, thicker iPad with shorter battery life has set a lot of people thinking: ‘Would Jobs have launched it?’
There was no need to launch a new iPad so soon – 12 months – after the last one.
The benefit of a higher resolution screen is negatived by the lower resolution of most of the images on most Web-sites, while high-res video is going to suck money from cellular accounts based on data usage.
LTE seems ahead of the connectivity game while Jobs was usually unfashionably behind the cellular connectivity game. Most of the world is still very happy to encounter a 3G signal.
And who’s going to use a device weighing 1.46 lbs to take many pictures with the 5 Mpixel camera?
On the financial front, buying back shares and paying dividends look like a sop to Wall Street – an influence which Jobs appeared to resist.
It doesn’t bode well.