Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton
If Tim Cook is not a "product guy" then who is, now that Steve is gone? That's what concerns me the most, looking at the 10-year picture.
You know, was just reading a post re how MS killed their 'Courier' project. Seems there are no end of people who can envision new products at MS, but the problem is their hidebound corporate culture.
Seems to me there are plenty of people at Apple who could rise up to champion new products, and tweaks of old ones. From the sound of it, Cook is capable of taking care of keeping Apple's innovative culture in line. As long as that's the case, I expect the products will emerge.
If this does not happen, they DO have a gazillion dollars on hand. They can pretty much just buy a company that IS making an interesting new product and ramp it up. As long as they don't have infighting that actually resists new ideas, as MS does, they should be OK.
Also unlike MS (just as a for-instance, you could say the same about most any other middle-aged tech company), Apple has a number of products and technologies that are in their infancy, with a lot of room for growth ahead. Siri, for example, and iPads. Apple also has products that are long-in-the-tooth, like iPods and Mac Pro towers, and those will be scaled down or out. But companies like MS ONLY have legacy products, and their entire focus is on squeezing more out of them, whereas Apple is more or less willing to kill them and forge ahead.
I don't see a Disney dive on the horizon here. I think Apple may even outgrow the Jobs comeback for a while.