Originally Posted by dasanman69
That's because making the hardware and software isn't a good business model, it had Apple at the brink of bankruptcy. Macs didn't save Apple, the iPod did, then the iPhone and now the iPad have made it hugely successful. If it weren't for those devices Apple would be a very different company, and it would've been SJ getting fired yet again.
Let me clarify if I got your point correctly, it was the products iPod, IPhone and iPad that made Apple, what iy is todays. And the Apple Ecosystems that included the sofywares, among many other servirces, is not a good business model?
So if the much criticized "Walled Garden" -- an almost seamless integration of hardwares (learn one learn all), with an array of Apps (softwares), services (Genius Bar, One Stop Apple Store) and customer services (One-to-One,) and more --is nor a good business model -- why is every company that matter seem to bet running all over each other trying to emulate the "unsuccessful walled garden' of Apple?
And, Steve Jobs had nothing to do with those devices? If he had no significant role in their creation, would those hardware come out without Steve Jobs? If he did play a significant role, how could he have been fired a second time? To reiterate, if he played a role in fhs creation of those devices, how could Steve Jobs not envisioned the paradigm shift to mobile devices or more consumer-centric company?
It is true that Steve Jobs and Apple, by extension, could have made a very bad miscalculation since his return and that would have been the end of Apple.
But, it did not turn out that way.
Robert Frost wrote a verse, "The Road Not Taken", it very much captured what Steve Jobs did. Apple was at a cross-road. and he made a choice on what best to do -- not second guessing what could have been had he taken the other path.
What is just as important is that Steve Jobs had a vision, including taking the company in a path that was based on what you dubbed ""making the hardware and software isn't a good business model".
But that has been Apple all along before he was ousted from Apple. And, it worked -- it remained and is the basis of the success that defined the Apple of today.