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Columnist warns of \"dark days\" for Apple

updated 06:00 pm EDT, Mon July 12, 2004

\"Dark days\" for Apple

According to Eric Hellweg of CNN/Money "some for the wizards of Cupertino." While Apple's products have "never been better," Hellweg cites operational problems and delays as potential problems for Apple as it moves forward. Hellweg says CEO Steve Jobs needs to decide "whether he wants to be the CEO of Apple or the CEO of Pixar -- each of the companies deserves a full-time top boss." He says Jobs should consider hiring a co-CEO to help run the company. Hellweg also says Jobs needs to keep the focus on developing and selling computers, as they represent 60 percent of Apple's revenue.




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  1. AsgardTex

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    asdf

    Apple Computer - Proudly Going Out Of Business Since 1976.™

  1. Eriamjh

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    No sh*t Sherlock....

    Apple is screwed for now... but what lies ahead? Will Jobs give up his title? We never hear about Pixar. It seems to be running itself.

  1. azdude

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Uh oh...

    Uh oh... the death march sounds for the 100,000,000th time :-D

  1. Gorloth

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Oh Noooo

    Oh Mommy when will the Apple's fall from the sky and hurt us...

  1. MacnTX

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Same Old Tired FUD

    It's just more Rob Enderle FUD. Nothing new to see here...

  1. Ganesha

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Some points...

    The iPod has always had competition, since the day it was launched. People have shown they are willing to pay more for the iPod because it is a better designed product. The fact that people are willing to wait despite the fact there are equally small mp3 players on the market says something.

    Back to school? I teach at a local university, many kids these days carry their laptops to class. I mostly see PC's but I do see a few Macs. The laptop is going to be the preferred back to school device for people who can afford it. Why? You can do your school work without going back to your dorm.

  1. chrissyboy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Really...

    The funny thing is, in the small piece of this nonsense I actually read, they say that the mini iPod has a two month waiting list, like it's a [b]bad[/b] thing? Selling like hot cakes is a negative now, is it? Way to go, Rob...

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This guy is nuts!

    Apple is poised to have its best years ever between now and whenever Longwait finally ships. With Microsoft publicly drifting in the doldrums and being taken to task by the tech media over it, Apple can get out there and really show their stuff. What will Microsoft's rebuttal be? "Oh yeah? Well just wait two years and you'll see how cool our stuff that we haven't developed yet is! Don't bother with that Apple junk that you can have today!" Yeah, right.

    My company is already preparing for Microsoft Downturn 2004, 2005, & 2006. Windows work (except for cleaning up spyware, worms, and the messes that result when Windows blows up on its own) is already on the decline. Most of our clients who are married to Windows have already upgraded to Server 2003 and have all 2000/XP workstations. As a result, we are launching an all-out initiative to increase the Apple side of our business. There are some lean times ahead for companies who sell nothing but Microsoft solutions, because there will be no new Microsoft stuff for them to sell until Longhorn.

  1. McFarmer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not going to happen...

    Once burnt, twice shy.
    Jobs did exactly that. Get a c-CEO. John Sculley, hired away from Pepsi to aide Jobs. Turned out John Sculley turned on Jobs and got Jobs fired.
    I doubt Jobs will make that same mistake again - ever.

    Focus on an unimportant niche product.
    Jobs did exactly that. Build a new computer platform at a time when Apple earned 100% of its revenue from the Apple II.
    And thankfully he did, otherwise Apple would likely no longer be around. It paid off.
    I'm sure Jobs will make exactly the same mistake again! Gladly.

  1. klinux

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hey

    Doesn't everybody know that you are not suppose to write anything negative about Apple? :)

    In any case, I RTFA. Where does it mentioned Rob Enderle? I mean the guy is an idiot and all but someone mentioned his name here and suddently Rob is the one who wrote the article? Don't be a lemming.

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