September 22, 2012 at 8:12 PM by Dr. Drang
If you’re having trouble following the logic of Joe Nocera’s column about the imminent decline of Apple, I can summarize it for you in a few bullet points:
- Steve Jobs wouldn’t have allowed a disaster like the iOS 6 Maps app to happen because he was a perfectionist. The hockey puck mouse, the cracking plastic in the G4 cube, MobileMe, the signal loss on the iPhone 4’s antenna, the discoloration of white MacBooks, MobileMe, the very premature announcement of the white iPhone, Ping, Mobile Me—none of these would have occurred on Steve’s watch.
- OK, the Mobile Me disaster occurred while Steve was running the company, but he fired the executive team in charge of it—after which it became the greatest online service in history, a success story that continues to this day.
- Apple’s inability to make a good maps app—a type of software and service it’s never made before—is an indication that Apple is simply resting on its laurels and no longer striking out in new directions. (And if it wants to strike out in new directions, it’d better not get those directions from Maps, amirite? Hehehe!)
- Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung, in which the jury found that Samsung willfully infringed on Apple’s patents, shows that Apple is no longer innovating. It could end up like RIM, which was crushed by innovators like Apple and… er… Samsung.
See, it’s really very simple.