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Apple Names New Chairman 114

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from the disney-movies-exclusively-distributed-via-iphone dept.
angry tapir writes "Arthur Levinson, former CEO of biotech company Genentech, is taking on the chairmanship of Apple's board, filling the role that Apple founder Steve Jobs vacated when he died last month." El Reg notes that Disney CEO/President Robert Iger was also appointed to the board, and that this marks the first time since the return of Steve Jobs to Apple that the CEO and board chairman were different people.
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  • by elrous0 (869638) * on Wednesday November 16, 2011 @09:00AM (#38072754)

    These are pretty conventional corporate appointments, which leads me to wonder how much longer the Steve Job's aura will last. I think they would have been better off appointing a very charismatic figurehead as CEO (as the *public* face), and then letting the business folks quietly run the show behind the scenes. It's hard to believe that fans will one day cry like their daddy died when Tim Cook or one of these corporate insiders leaves. And Apple has always relied on a certain degree of devotion from their fans (I'll resist the cult comparison) and an image of hipness.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 16, 2011 @09:01AM (#38072760)

    Maximizing profits to boost short term share price will be the #1 focus of the company going forward.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 16, 2011 @09:08AM (#38072826)

    These are pretty conventional corporate appointments, which leads me to wonder how much longer the Steve Job's aura will last. I think they would have been better off appointing a very charismatic figurehead as CEO (as the *public* face), and then letting the business folks quietly run the show behind the scenes. It's hard to believe that fans will one day cry like their daddy died when Tim Cook or one of these corporate insiders leaves. And Apple has always relied on a certain degree of devotion from their fans (I'll resist the cult comparison) and an image of hipness.

    The vast majority of iPod/iPhone/iPad owners have never met Steve Jobs; they've never watched an Apple video stream of a Steve Jobs keynote. They may have seen him on the cover of Time once, but they never read the article, because that's boring business-stock-market-computer-geek stuff. They haven't even read the tell-all biography that every tech news site has been posting exposes on, because, well, nobody reads books anymore.

    The Steve Jobs posse came out in force on the Internet when Steve Jobs died, but they're a tiny, tiny majority of Apple buyers in real life. Apple has been so successful because it appealed to regular people. The Apple fanboys were just the highly visible cheering section; the stands were filled with regular people.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 16, 2011 @09:27AM (#38072966)

    The fanboys are who buy the inital offering and sell the concept to their friends.

  • by walterbyrd (182728) on Wednesday November 16, 2011 @09:44AM (#38073106)

    Like Apple, Disney is nearly obsesive about protecting it's IP; while ripping off everybody else's IP.

  • by flyingsquid (813711) on Wednesday November 16, 2011 @10:21AM (#38073470)
    Steve Jobs' followers don't need to be huge in number to make a big difference, if they're the type of people who set trends. Stephen Colbert is always sporting the latest iGadget on the Colbert Report, or making a big deal about how his love affair with an Apple product is ended by the release of a newer, shinier, thinner version of the same gadget. Apple products feature prominently in movies and TV, because in the same way the director wants the character to have fashionable clothes and a sleek car, they want them to have the coolest, trendiest gadgets. If your friend who is always quick to pick up on technology trends has ditched his Kindle and is now sporting an iPad, that may not make you run out to the Apple Store but it will make you consider whether it's something you should buy. So if the people who follow Steve Jobs are the people the rest of us take our social cues from, the Reality Distortion Field can have a huge effect.
  • by f()rK()_Bomb (612162) on Wednesday November 16, 2011 @12:09PM (#38074980)
    I think you may have been living in a cave for the last 10 years or so :p What about the ipod? Or the iphone, losing market share doesnt mean that the devices dont appeal to regular people. It means theres been a huge influx of cheap android devices. Market share is not a zero-sum game for phones. And although the market share of mac in the pc space appears small, if you go to a university or coffee shop and look at how many people are sporting macbooks, it seems clear that regular people like apple products very much. Apple products are expensive, hence not everyone who wants one can get one, but they certainly appeal to regular people because they are simple and clean. I think you may be confusing yourself for a regular person. If you read slashdot, you are not a regular person :p My sister would be a regular person, her and all her friends are obsessed with apple products. They think android is clunky. Yet she has an android phone, because its really cheap.
  • by Bing Tsher E (943915) on Wednesday November 16, 2011 @01:45PM (#38076198) Journal

    Any group of fans who refer to 'the others' as 'the haters' is a fucking cult.

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