Is Apple’s Original Boy Genius, Steve Jobs, dying? He looked purely awful and wan and bony during yesterday’s WWDC conference as he presented the new, and rather bland, iPhone 2.0.
Steve Jobs has a history of ill health — in 2003 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and kept that fact a secret from the public and shareholders for nine months — and yesterday’s vision of him, and the lack of anything really interesting being announced from Apple, makes one wonder if everything is alright in the Apple core.
Jobs left Apple once and the company did not do well:
He was also the force behind the Macintosh, another of Apple’s
groundbreaking personal computers, only to be ousted from the company
in an in-house power struggle in 1985.
But Jobs returned to Apple in late 1996, and began the process that restored the company to profitability.
I was disappointed yesterday in what was not announced:
- No video iChat for iPhone 2.0
- No new MacBook
- No new MacBook Air
- No new MacBook Pro
- No Beatles on iTunes
- No new anything else but an updated iPhone
- However, there was, A Brand New hassle introduced in buying an iPhone 2.0: Instead of having the pleasure of activating your iPhone at home, you now have to go to an AT&T or Apple Store and stand in line. BIG UGH!
Sure, WWDC is a show for developers, but the world doesn’t care about the who of an Apple get together – we only care about the what of the spin when new products send us around.
Yesterday, we got not twirl.
I am a recent convert to Mac from a life of Windows misery, and I became such a FanBoi that I recently wrote two books about Leopard and Mac Office — but I do not want to be abandoned as a common user in the second, eventual, permanent, demise of Steve Jobs.
Yes, we’re all dying a little bit each day — but some find their end in horrifying leaps and not in steady footsteps — and I want to make sure the love of Apple is strong enough to be requited in the final leaving of Steve Jobs from the company in situ.
Is there an established and public second in line at Apple?
Who is the anointed Prince or Princess waiting to take over the Apple Throne from King Steve?