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Information technology: Has Apple peaked? | The Economist

It can be said that Apple was born of Steve’s exigencies and vision and China’s ability to ruthlessly churn out product in mass and timely form.  This dual reality of visionary and mass maker may not be sustainable in the long term.

It can all be summarized, perhaps over simplified, in a few sentences–Apple’s success in market share, its quick to market technological business model, and the need for seemingly immediate mass production and delivery, forced Apple to turn to the one place that can build and turn out mass production like no other place in the history of mankind, namely “CHINA!”  This move, as if it had any other choice, forced Apple to build a market plan that may be compromised by of necessity choosing China’s ability to produce though perhaps at the cost of product quality…

Apple’s mantra and the late Steve’s DNA contribution was the pursuit of ruthless perfection and un-compromised aesthetics for its products.  This business model may now be in question because of the company’s performance and the quality of its products slowly becoming an ongoing topic and the mass production by the China based infrastructure may not keep up with Western consumer exigencies.  If Apple continues to falter on its production timelines, quality or consumer expectations, the current discussion may prove fatal for a company that can’t change either reality–Steve is gone for ever and China may be the only mass market production vehicle?

The pursuit of perfection and mass production shortcoming facts remain to be final and clear as much as the above Policy ThinkShop analysis may frame the discussion and hold…  The London Economist shares to the discussion as follows:

“TECH blogs are abuzz. Pundits are busy pumping out predictions. The company that makes the new device that is attracting so much attention is teasing reporters by being coy about its innovative features. Apple’s product launches are always like this. But this time the fuss is not about an Apple product: it is about …”

via Information technology: Has Apple peaked? | The Economist.

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Steve Jobs Book Quotes: Genius or Insanity?

Steve Jobs was a man of contradictions. In Steve Jobs, a biography by Walter Isaacson, his groundbreaking ideas and spectacular technological breakthroughs run like a torrent through the book.

But at the same time, on almost every page are examples of his spectacular …

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Steve Jobs, Human Being: 10 Quirky Details From Bestselling Biography

So he was a flawed mortal after all. A really flawed mortal, whose boundless obsession turned him into the nearest thing to a Shakespearean figure that our century has seen.

This is what we find after finishing Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, the authorized biography which rocketed to the top of the …

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Steve Jobs: His Last Words

Steve Jobs’s biological sister, Mona Simpson, wrote a moving and highly personal eulogy for a private funeral service for the fallen tech titan that took place a few days after his death in early October.

An acclaimed novelist, she delivered a beautifully written description of Steve Jobs’s life, illness and death. She said his last words before he slipped into unconsciousness for the last time were …

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A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs – NYTimes.com

I grew up as an only child, with a single mother. Because we were poor and because I knew my father had emigrated from Syria, I imagined he looked like Omar Sharif. I hoped he would be rich and kind and would come into our lives and our not yet furnished apartment and help us. Later, after I’d met my father, I tried to believe he’d changed his number and left no forwarding address because he was an idealistic revolutionary, plotting a new world for the Arab …

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Steve Jobs and Adoption: A Stronger Force : The New Yorker

We watched the “60 Minutes” piece on Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography last night. In the kitchen with me were my twelve-year-old biological son, Harry, and my three-year-old adopted daughter, Rose, whom I wrote about here. I had hoped that my son might pick up some insights into the process of design and invention, but it turned out that the most interesting part of the show was not about technology but about …

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Apple Posts Video of Steve Jobs Celebration – WSJ.com

Apple Inc. posted a video on its website Sunday of last week’s employee memorial for co-founder Steve Jobs, who died in early October after a long struggle with …

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‘Steve Jobs’ by Walter Isaacson – Review – NYTimes.com

After Steve Jobs anointed Walter Isaacson as his authorized biographer in 2009, he took Mr. Isaacson to see the Mountain View, Calif., house in which he had lived as a boy. He pointed out its “clean design” and “awesome little features.” He praised the developer, Joseph Eichler, who built more than 11,000 homes in …

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The Steve Jobs Nobody Knew | Culture News | Rolling Stone

The new issue of Rolling Stone pays tribute to Steve Jobs with an in-depth cover story written by contributing editor Jeff Goodell, who first met Jobs back in 1980 when he took a job at Apple. “I had no idea what computers would amount to,” Goodell writes in the new issue, on stands and available through …

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Steve Jobs’ Technological Legacy Pictures – 1976: Apple I Starts It All | Rolling Stone

1976: Apple I Starts It All

Steve Jobs famously designed the first Apple computer, simply titled Apple I, in his parents’ basement in Cupertino, Calif. with business partners Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. With its strange retail price of $666.66, the unit included neither a …

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News Desk: Slide Show: Apple Cartoons : The New Yorker

LIDE SHOW: APPLE CARTOONS

Posted by The New Yorker

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Steve Jobs, the Grand Piano, Is Gone : The New Yorker

The other day, I ordered a new machine from Apple, and just before bed I went to the Apple Web site to check when it was going to ship. There, looking at me, instead of the normal welcome page announcing the latest mojo miracle of euphoric minimalism, was a man with round John Lennon glasses and …

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