Originally Posted by TJRSV
Constable Odo...Could agree with you more, except don't fire Mr. Cook, just give him back his job of expertise and get someone with a pulse and competitive fire in there as CEO, preferable someone under 50 years old so they can also least appear to have some energy.
Tim Cook has to be considered the most boring dude ever, and he has single-handedly made AAPL the most boring company in Silicon Valley. Despite all their great products and phenomenal computing ecosystem, gone are the days of "edgy" ads and innovation. Moving forward, AAPL clearly illustrates in their holiday ad, that if you invest in this company, you will end up like the grandma wiping her tears. Better to invest in Exxon at this point. The 5s is awesome, iPads are awesome, MacBooks, iMacs, iTV, etc. but the failure to roll out the China Mobile deal asap and in step with the 5s is just another missed opportunity by Cook and Co. These guys are showing their age, despite their operational expertise. I have refused to believe that AAPL is finished innovating, but let's face it, SJ is gone and Cook is merely a candle flame compared to SJ's ability to create a firestorm. Look at AAPL's executive page and it's like visiting a colonial wax museum...Get some fresh management and enthusiasm in there Cook, your present leadership is well represented by your holiday commercial...heartwarming, victory lappish, but boring and hardly a visualization of the future or anything to come.
Tim Cook is an "uber" boring dude with the personality of a viagra commercial actor.
Originally Posted by TJRSV
Sean Penn, left-wing liberal, progressive, but not afraid to say something politically incorrect or hit someone right in the mouth. Cook would like to think he is like SJ, but he's not even close...he's a gray-suit. With the cool kid-super dork commercials, SJ was basically smacking Gates right in the chops. Name once where Cook has displayed any attitude other than super limp noodle grandpa. "We are not in the junk business" is about the boldest thing Grandpa Cook has ever said from my perch.
I take a boring Tim Cook with his expertise over a youngster inexperienced nobody any day. You may think he speaks boring but this is not how he was received during his Auburn speech:
Further, there's no reason to believe Apple 'missed an opportunity with CM'. There have only been rumours, and I don't think Apple should lower their profit margins just because CM has the largest customer base in the world.
Lastly, Cook isn't trying to imitate Steve as he is a person in his own right. Steve was himself, for better or worse, I too enjoyed his keynote presentation skills very much. So much so that I actually miss the man. Still, if your post is taken at face value, meaning what would be best for AAPL, I'd say we all should be lucky to have Tim at the helm. This year has been yet another one with fantastic products, both software and hardware. Plus we have seen the stock:
If that is the work of a CEO, which I don't think it is, he certainly seems to be doing an exceptional good job. Even without looking at the competition.
In short, I don't think he looks like a 'commercial actor', but that is merely my opinion, just like you have yours.
Originally Posted by SolipsismX
He also said "the first year" so we can assume he didn't mean for all time. Plus that was a simple, rounded figure where he, as I recall, considered there would be 1 billion handset shipped for 2007 and he wanted to sell 10 million units in the first year. Whether this was the remainder of the 2007 calendar year or the first full year of the iPhone being on sale seems up in the air, but moot.
It was for calendar 2008. He specifically stated this in the very same keynote, but it's after his first statement that they wanted 1% marketshare.