“Up until that day, for the previous six months, everything had been Tony’s fault. Any hardware problems or ship delays or manufacturing problems—all Tony’s fault. Scott could do no wrong. But that was the day the press reviews came out, and the iPhone’s email [software] wasn’t working for people, but everyone loved the hardware. So now Scott was the bad boy, and Tony was the golden boy. And it was funny, because Steve did it in a way in which his back was to Forstall so that Tony got to look at Scott while it was all happening. I’m not joking. The look on Scott’s face was incredible. It was like his daddy told him he didn’t love him anymore.
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‘Why are we even doing this project? I have a phone. It’s got Google services. It does Gmail. It does Calendar. Why do I need this Android thing?’ It used to really piss me off.”
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But Google’s evidence had zero impact on Jobs. “Steve was always of the opinion that Apple invented everything,
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I think he was doing stuff until two days before he died. The worst part about it all was that he was almost always right.”
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But the people who owned iPhones would also own iPads, iPod Touches, and a slew of other Apple products that all ran the same software, that all connected to the same online store, and that all generated much bigger profits for everyone involved.
Cook’s problem is that he is not being compared to most CEOs. He is being compared to Google’s cofounder Larry Page and, of course, to his predecessor, Steve Jobs.
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What isn’t clear is how meaningful a gesture it was. Jobs is gone, and Apple’s customers, vendors, investors, employees, and fans do want Cook to be just like him—even if they won’t admit it.
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