Today we live in a world without Steve Jobs.
The company Jobs started generates more revenue than the United States Treasury Department. Apple employs more than 49,000 people in an economy where the unemployment rate is 9.1 percent.
These facts leave us mourning the loss of a great American innovator and wondering what will happen to Apple Inc.
Jobs and Apple have given us the iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPhone, and iPad, but what else would we miss without Jobs’ insight?
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- Toy Story 1, 2 and 3. Jobs bought a company in 1986, which is now known as Pixar, for a mere $10 million. The first film released was Toy Story. About 25 years, 26 Academy Awards, seven Golden Globes and three Grammy awards later, Pixar films have earned more than $6.3 billion worldwide. They also kept 27-year-old voice actor John Morris employed. (He voiced Andy. Look it up.)
- Creativity. Programs that work best on Macs are for the artistic, such as Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro. (Have you ever tried to use these on a PC?) Therefore, Mac computers are used in the most creative environments–Facebook, envisioinit media, inc., etc. Where would Mark Zuckerberg and Todd Brook be without the Mac?
- Revenge is a dish best served cold. John Sculley, who was CEO of Apple, removed Jobs from his position. In 2009, Conde Nast Portfolio ranked Sculley the 14thworst CEO of all time because he raised Macintosh computer prices causing a bankruptcy scare for Apple in the early 90s. Jobs went on to form Pixar (see #1 in this list).
While at Pixar, Jobs clashed with Disney CEO Michael Eisner. While Jobs searched for other studios to release Pixar films, Disney fired Eisner and purchased Pixar, making Jobs the majority Disney stakeholder.
The Apple iPhone’s inability to display Adobe’s flash technology has been a source of much controversy ever since the iPhone first conquered the market 3 years ago. While many have speculated either a software update to existing devices, or the introduction of Flash support to the next generation iPhone, few have considered that Apple would just not support Flash entirely moving into the future.
With the recent introduction of the iPad, Apple’s intentions of Flash support on their devices in the future is quite clear…there will be none. Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs, has recently been publically quoted, venting his frustration with both Adobe and Flash technology altogether. “Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy, he says. Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash. No one will be using Flash, he says. The world is moving to HTML5.”
Google has already made use of HTML5, most notably in their Google Voice software. What makes this so interesting is that Apple has famously prevented Google from including Voice as an application within their App Store. The answer from Google a few weeks ago was the launch of Google Voice coded in HTML5 that can be accessed through the iPhone’s Safari browser. With the recent success of that product, Google, this week, has now rolled out YouTube support that does not rely on Flash, again utilizing HTML5. iPhone users can now access YouTube via their Safari browser, rather than relying on the traditional YouTube App.
So what does this mean for the future? A world without Flash? Only time will tell, but at long last, it does look like there is at least some hope for those caught between the Apple vs. Adobe Flash debate.
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