Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What will become of Apple?

Can you imagine a peanut butter sandwich without the jelly? It's a tough sell for two ingredients that have been wedded for so long.
That's part of the challenge Apple now faces with Steve Jobs' decision to take another medical leave of absence and hand over the day-to-day operations to Tim Cook, the company's chief operating officer.

With Jobs leaving Apple again, how big an impact will Apple make in the future? With Jobs at the helm, Apple has grown to become one of the most successful companies on the planet. Apple products like the iPod and iPhone have revolutionized the way we listen to music and use the phone forever. The Mac is another popular device that allowed Apple to edge in on the personal computer market. Jobs was at the forefront of leading Apple into the future of technology as we know it and his absence will surely take away from their out of the box way of producing products people love. There is no doubt that Apple will still be a powerhouse in the industry, but will they be able to continue to lead the pack when it comes to new technological innovation? Estimates put Apple's stock second only to Exxon Mobil, so what's the problem? With the announcement of Jobs leaving, Apple has already seen a drop in its stock. Some investors seem to think that Jobs' departure is a sign of bad things to come for the company. The future for Apple looks bright, but can they keep their core happy?


Smith said...

"With the announcement of Jobs leaving, Apple has already seen a drop in its stock. "

I think this line is a great example of how gas prices are determined. Can you tell me how they are related?

Easton said...

Smith: I think it relates to gas prices in that when there is an oil sill gas prices go up. When something negative happens the market for gas is directly affected. Steve Jobs directly affects Apple, and an oil spill directly affects the gas industry. Simply put its just the same cause and affect scenario.

Zach said...

I don't think Apple will continue to see stocks decrease. The Apple, Mac, iTunes powerhouse will continue to rise I believe. I believe the iPad, with more improvements and additions will put the company into a new realm. Academia is getting after Apple products like crazy. Almost 50% of incoming freshman college students in America purchased Apple products to start school. Universities across the nation are already toying with the idea of an iPad as a textbook.


Without Steve Jobs people may think Apple will see the end of it's rise, but it's quite the opposite. Apple is going to continue to become more and more popular which to youth which will eventually become the leaders and workers of the world. Eventually everyone will use Apple products if not in the workplace certainly in the home setting.

sarah said...

I agree with Zach, I don't think there will continue to be a decrease in Apple's stocks. Steve Jobs has trained people to take his place after he leaves so they can come up with new ways to improve their products and come up with out of the box ideas. Even though some people don't believe that Apple will do well without Jobs, after they prove to the people they can come up with new inventions. Their stocks will go up and the consumers will have their confidence in Apple back. But I don't think this will happen unless Apple comes out with a new invention or a well improved iPad.