Last Updated: September 3rd, 2011

This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For the last, see What Type Of Custom ROM Are You Running?

Perhaps the biggest news in tech this week was the resignation of Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Highly respected for being the leading force behind bringing the company back from the brink through innovation, creativity, and attention to detail, some wonder how the company will fare going forward. The company has been left in the hands of Tim Cook, who has been with Apple for 13 years and has been known to take Mr. Jobs' place from time to time in the past. While few doubt Mr. Cook's managerial abilities, many question whether he can continue to innovate in the same way as Jobs.

What do you think? Can Cook continue to fuel Apple's amazing growth going forward, or does this mark the beginning of the end (or at least, a return to "normalcy" in terms of growth) for the company?

Is Steve Jobs' Resignation The Beginning Of The End For Apple?

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • bruce

    This is not a good question for this website. A better question would be, "Is Google buying Motorola the beginning of the end for Android."
    Answer: Yes, Google will favor Motorola and continue to close off more and more of Android OS for others.

    • Jon

      You're an idiot, android is an open source os and will always stay that way. Since when has google ever behaved like an MS or Apple

      • alan27inla

        Nice name calling. Real mature. I agree it's not really an appropriate question. Jobs is very very sick. Let's let the guy alone for a while before you start kicking dirt on his still live body.

        • http://allonewordt.com Felix

          It's more of a compliment to him, saying that he makes it work.

      • bruce

        Show me the source code for Honeycomb, Jon.

      • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

        The Definition of Open according to Andy Rubin, Creator of Android. Can you do that with Honeycomb?

        • bruce

          No you can't. Honeycomb is Closed, and, according to Google, will always stay that way.

          Have you noticed all of the no-name 7" tablets running Android 2.x? Can you imagine one of these tablets accidentally shipping with some nasty system level malware? I find that very easy to imagine.

          If something like that gets a lot of negative media attention, it's a perfect excuse for Google to close the source of Ice Cream Sandwich and all future Android releases.

  • Danny Smith

    I'm not to sure if this poll is serious.

    People are acting like Steve Jobs was the ONLY innovator at a company which employs around 50,000 people.

    I am not an Apple fan. I have used the iPhone and found it to be limiting, but to ask a question like: "Does this mark the beginning of the end" you can not be serious.

    This is a company who revenues of £65b and profits of £14b. If you have to ask a question like that, you can not be serious.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      He was definitely the driving force behind iTunes, the iPod, the iPhone, and the direction their computers and OS has taken lately.

      Was he the only employee? No, and I never said that. Was he the big factor behind the direction the company took and the ensuing explosive growth? Yes.

      • Danny Smith

        Was he the ONLY big factor behind the direction the company took and the ensuing explosive growth?

        Doubt that very much,

        • Jon Garrett

          Bill Gates and Microsoft are as responsible for Apples "success" as Apple is. wasn't it MS money that kept Apple afloat?

    • Tallbruva

      The last time Steve left the clowns running the company almost ran it into the ground. That's why they brought him back leading to the world we know today. The difference this time is he will still be involved.

  • Roy Blumenthal

    To my mind, Jobs leaving Apple gives them a Chinese backdoor. They're now able to overturn stupid decisions like leaving Flash out of iOs. But only if they're bold.

    There's a LOT wrong with iOs, and the walled garden that is Apple. If theyre going to continue growing, they're going to have to get out of the corner Jobs painted them into.

    Something they should do immediately is fix their upper and lower case rubbish on the iOs screen keyboard. That'll give them a chance.

  • Michael

    Why's it matter? I'm sure the rest of the company knows his plans from here on out... "ah crap, out of ideas. Screw innovation, just sue."

  • Aaron

    Bad poll. The "yes" votes are split.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      They're both "yes" answers, but they differ in timeframe.

  • Anon

    Honestly, I hope Apple don't (suddenly) decline. It's good to have competition and choice, whether iOS or Android. Currently, Apple is probably the only company forcing Google to innovate.

    Maybe Microsoft and Windows Phone will eventually challenge Apple and Google.

  • JCopernicus

    Congratulations on such a silly poll.


    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Seriously? You are not coming back because of a single poll? Mkay...

      • Foo

        I started to feel that way after some of the articles on Gizmodo lately. Stirring up the pot for purely sensational reasons.
        Nothing wrong with this poll on AP but if you rinse and repeat another dozen times, then maybe.

  • Elvis

    Ten years ago the answer would have been yeah, but there are too many smart people nowadays...and WAY too many with that apple mentality lol

  • scottishwildcat

    People also seem to be forgetting that he hasn't left Apple, he's Just taking on a different role. I'm sure he'll still have plenty to say from his seat on the board.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      That's a good point, indeed he transitioned to a different role rather than departed.

  • L boogie

    While the poll is interesting considering the man's mark on the tech industry, a better poll would be should ice cream sandwich be brought out to the table soon or wait till it's completely smoothed out or this; carrier phones: blessing or curse?

  • http://www.facebook.com/kittu580 sai

    Steve is great :-)

  • ocdtrekkie

    In my book, Apple was on it's way downhill BEFORE Steve left. It's already shown it can no longer innovate, and merely works off what it already has, and suing the competitors who provide better products.

    • Using My Head

      Yet they are making more and more money everyday.

      • http://www.podoco.net zach

        you usually get money when you sue someone

      • Mart

        Commercial success is trailing innovation by maybe 1-3 years. Apple have stopped innovating since about a year now, and are now at the pinnacle of commercial success. I believe health was not the only consideration for Mr Jobs, he wanted to leave at the top and blame the inevitable decline on his successors.

  • http://www.suprememedia.biz su

    Sue sue sue we have nothing new.

  • khsharpe

    in the interests of integrity you should have offered a fifth option ....

    "who gives a rat's?"

    ... cos that's the only one i'd consider voting for

  • Jon

    I don't think Steve Job's leaving will cause the downfall of Apple. I think it is laughable to say that Apple is an innovative company. What Apple excels in is refinement of design in both software and hardware. They also have a great marketing machine and fierce brand loyalty.

    The thing that will spell the true start of the decline of Apple will be coming at the hands of Amazon. When Amazon releases a 7inch tablet for under $200 and a 10inch tablet for under $350 then you will see Apple's marketshare of the tablet market fall as fast as their previous dominance over the smartphone space. IMO.

  • http://mejorapp.com Ginger

    For sure Apple is not going to be the same without Steve Jobs.

  • cosmic

    They won't crash and burn. They might go in a different direction of what Jobs has said (though that is hardly unique as even Jobs has had to eat his own words in the past).

    At the worst they'll become like microsoft in the pc os business. Dominant enough to maintain developer support while big enough to pour resources into projects/advertising to remain around.

    • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

      Look at it like this: Android is over $12.5 billon in the hole. Without any plan in sight for Android to become popular or actually make Google money, why would developers choose to develop for this platform? Where's the stability one year out? Three years? Five years?

      Compare this to Apple's ecosystem: write code once, it runs on the phone and the tablet. With little or–in some cases–no modification, that same program will run on the desktop.

      Conversely, writing for Android means testing on the whole gaggle of devices and there always being at least one device that doesn't work correctly. Manufactures can't get the source code for Honeycomb despite Google flooding the PR channels shouting that they are "open" because they know that's not a word that Apple would ever use to describe itself.

      Google doesn't have a desktop counterpart to Android. Yeah, there's ChromeOS and the Chrome browser, but writing web pages does not equal writing desktop-class applications. Without internet connectivity, Google's products and platforms are useless; the Macintosh is a PC, meaning that if you don't have connectivity due to a natural disaster (such as hurricane Irene), you can still get work done and use the device to perform client-side tasks.

      If you count tablets, Apple is the number one PC maker in the world. HP is getting out of the desktop and mobile markets.

      If I were a betting man, I'd be putting my money on Apple right now.

      • cosmic

        Youlost some credit when you said android doesn't make google money.

        Other than that err why did you respond to my post with that? Not seeing how they're related.

        • GraveUypo

          i see this guy from time to time here. he's a hardcore apple fanboy and only comes to troll. i don't even know why he visits this site so much as he hates everything non-apple.

          long story short: he just used you as an excuse / starting point to flame android.

        • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

          I misread your "crash and burn" comment. I thought you were talking about apps on Android. My apologies.