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Former Board member Ellison predicts Apple’s decline

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison foresees a decline at Apple in the post-Steve Jobs era, based on comments he made during a recent interview. While on “CBS This Morning,” Ellison — a former Apple Board of Directors member and very close friend of late Apple CEO Jobs — didn’t shy away from sharing his opinion on what Apple will be like without Jobs around. “Well, we already know,” Ellison told Charlie Rose. “We saw — we conducted the experiment. I mean, it’s been done. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs,” he said, gesturing upwards. “We saw Apple without Steve Jobs,” he said, drawing a steep imaginary line downwards, then another line up as he repeated, “We saw Apple with Steve Jobs.” Finally, he gestured sharply downwards again while saying, “Now, we’re gonna see Apple without Steve Jobs.” Ellison also referred to Jobs as “brilliant,” saying that “he was our Edison, he was our Picasso,” while noting Jobs’ ability to invent products. His pessimistic take on Apple is the strongest yet from a friend of Jobs, and coincides with concerns apparently voiced by current members of Apple’s Board of Directors. [via AllThingsD]

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As much as I hate to say it, Ellison has a very good point. Since Jobs death, Apple has not released anything close to groundbreaking. Modest upgrades are the current path. I am excited to use iOS 7, and I would love to see a new PowerMac in action. But where is the next big thing? Even without anything major, I still prefer my iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air to the competitors. The “whole package” concept is still ahead of Microsoft and Google. The integration of all things Apple is a strong selling point. Especially for those that have invested heavily in iTunes media.

After all is said and done, I do not see Apple declining at a steady pace. I see them leveling off and maintaining as long as they at least stay consistent. But to get back to “King of the Hill”, they will need to produce another game changer (or two).

Posted by Mitch on August 13, 2013 at 1:19 PM (CDT)


Apple needs new blood. A new and exciting Board maybe? Microsoft! Ugh! I started working on MS based programs in 1976. They were tedious then and are tedious now. I’ll stick with Apple, unless eg an “Apple+ comes along ;)

Posted by Gil on August 13, 2013 at 2:27 PM (CDT)

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