updated 03:55 pm EDT, Fri August 8, 2008
Eddy Cue for MobileMe
In light of Apple's tragic MobileMe launch, the company's own Eddy Cue - responsible for a great deal of Apple's back-end infrastructure for services like iTunes - steps up to manage the ailing suite. Cue, who is famous within Apple for being as hard on quality as CEO Steve Jobs, is expected to turn the service around, since he shares a common mindset with the perfectionist jobs, and is viewed by others as the perfect person for the job.
Chuq Von Rospach - yesterday revealed to be one working closely with Cue - likens Jobs' now well-known email to the CEO "wandering the hall [at Apple] with a flame thrower in hand, asking random people 'do you work on MobileMe?" While Jobs was ultimately responsible for green-lighting the MobileMe launch, it was done so at the advisory that it was ready for public use, a move that was clearly a mistake. Rospach claims that Jobs has pulled launches in the past, even a day before a Keynote.
Some in the industry submit that Apple just isn't ready for mass-access infrastructure, citing MobileMe as proof, but Rospach points out that iTunes is much larger than MobileMe, and it is performing quite well.
Rospach summarizes that Cue is what Apple needs to make MobileMe a success.
Walt Mossberg - a long-time Apple fan - recently panned MobileMe in its current form, urging users to wait until Apple has properly addressed any outstanding infrastructure problems.