Jobs left future plans for next-generation Apple products

Jobs left future plans for next-generation Apple products

Summary: According to reports, Steve Jobs laid out plans to enable the popular iOS, iPod and MacBook products to continue "for years".

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Reports suggest sources close to Apple have spoken of Steve Jobs' plans to leave the company he founded in good hands, by preparing blueprints of updates to the popular iPod, iOS devices and MacBook line of products "for years" after his death.

Speaking to a British newspaper, sources said Steve Jobs worked on the future of the products he helped design and shape in a bid to safeguard the future of his company.

(Source: Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP)

Jobs was also overseeing work on iCloud, in order to future-proof the company against cloud computing competitors, and to enable the company to put into play more advanced technologies which center around the cloud and online experience.

His involvement may be remembered for some, citing those close to him who worked on the failed MobileMe project, who once quoted Jobs' scathing put-down to employees; fair to say one of his not-so finest hours.

One research group spoke to the Boston Herald, explaining how others should "not be surprised" by Jobs' plans, along with Apple's 'think ahead' strategy. Noting that the iPad's design was registered in 2004 but not introduced to the market until six years later in 2010, it shows Apple's ability to think far ahead into the future, rather than "only a quarter or two in advance".

Along the way, his appearance only two months to Cupertino City Council before his resignation in August, stepping down as chief executive as a result of declining health, to set in motion the approval for plans for the next Apple campus.

Dubbed Apple Campus 2, or the 'Cupertino Spaceship', it will hold 12,000 employees in a grand park setting near the existing buildings on One Infinite Loop, and will cover 3.1 million square feet of space to house the donut-shaped building.

Only the day before Jobs died, Tim Cook, Apple's new chief executive, announced the company's fifth generation smartphone, the iPhone 4S.

Despite looking identical to the existing iPhone 4, and receiving poor outlooks from analysts who called the announcement "disappointing", sales have soared through the roof, pushing back expected shipping dates to one to two weeks.

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  • RE: Jobs left future plans for next-generation Apple products

    This could be a both a blessing and a curse. It could be a blessing to the extent that consumers continue to view new Apple devices and developments as the continued evolution of beloved Steve Jobs' vision, and not a new breed of products representing the vision of the anonymous guys in suits and labcoats who took the reins of Apple after the beloved icon died. OTOH, if Jobs really did lay down a 6 year plan, one wonders to what extent Aplpe managment will feel bound and constrained by a vision that represents the future as viewed from late 2011 and does not account for the unknown developments that follow. Imagine, for instance, a tech company whose vision was set in 2005, before the iPad had come to market, and didn't change at all in response.
    dsf3g
    • A very good point

      @dsf3g
      you make an excelent point.

      Though this could also be just a story to keep the investors happy.
      William Farrell
      • RE: Jobs left future plans for next-generation Apple products

        @William Farrell I think you can remove the "could" from your post. This is damage control for those who equate Steve Jobs as being Apple.
        Skippy99
    • RE: Jobs left future plans for next-generation Apple products

      @dsf3g Being that Steve was always ahead of the industry, I am suer he has set in motion a flexible roadmap. Including what if scenarios, but we will never honestly know. Honestly the Macbook Air was ahead of its time. years later the Ultrabooks are just now starting to show up.
      Rick_Kl
      • RE: Jobs left future plans for next-generation Apple products

        @Rick_Kl

        LOL... Some apple fans really need a dose of reality.

        [i]"Honestly the Macbook Air was ahead of its time. years later the Ultrabooks are just now starting to show up."[/i]

        I guess that's excluding the Mitsubishi Pedion, released in 1997, which was and still is thinner than the MBA?

        I'm curious if SJ left "what ifs" for the impending DOJ, et al. anti-trust, monopolistic barrage that is forthcoming?
        UrNotPayingAttention
      • RE: Jobs left future plans for next-generation Apple products

        @chmod 777

        You should just RM yourself instead. Mitsubishi what? LOL, you going to run Windoze or Unix on that? Either way, you can keep it.

        Computer is only as good as it's software. This is why all the smart people get Macs, and stay with them. This has not changed and will not change.
        comp_indiana
      • RE: Jobs left future plans for next-generation Apple products

        @comp_indiana<br><br>Well, first, it is the Mitsubishi Pedion, developed with HP. It regained some of it's notoriety back when the MBA was released and touted as "worlds thinnest" whatever (which it is not)<br><br><a href="http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2008/01/mitsubishi-pedi/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2008/01/mitsubishi-pedi/</a><br><br>I know this goes against your cultists beliefs, but technology has and continues to exist <i>long</i> before Apple releases a product geared towards it. Smartphones? yep. Tablets? yep. mp3 players? yep. Ultrabooks? hmm mmm.<br><br>Now, as far as "This is why all the smart people get Macs, and stay with them."<br><br>So, only 6% of the world's computer users are smart? Is that what you're suggesting? Or are you just making the same stupid statements that you couldn't possibly begin to back up like so many little Apple fanbois before you?<br><br>Oh, and in regards to <i>"Computer is only as good as it's software."</i><br><br>You better hope not... as iOS and OS X become closer and closer to being merged, and the apps have to be increasingly watered down (as we've already seen with FCP)... that doesn't bode well for Macs and all of the "smart" people using them.
        UrNotPayingAttention
      • RE: Jobs left future plans for next-generation Apple products

        @chmod 777
        "So, only 6% of the world's computer users are smart? Is that what you're suggesting? Or are you just making the same stupid statements that you couldn't possibly begin to back up like so many little Apple fanbois before you?"

        He is referring to all those people who think that dragging and dropping in iWeb is the same as HTML programming. God forbid you actually do any SEO in iWeb.
        VRSpock
      • Wow. So all those scientists, astronomers, doctors I see using PC's

        @comp_indiana

        are in truth, stupid? Sadly, comp_indiana, you just gave us all a great laugh here - here you bought a Mac because you [b]believe[/b] people will look at you and think your smart!

        So what you just said about yourself...

        LOL! You get the picture! LOL!
        William Farrell
    • RE: Jobs left future plans for next-generation Apple products

      @dsf3g <br>Which is it anyway? At points you wish to discredit Steve Jobs for just being a salesman with no creative innovating ideas, and at others you make Steve's ideas the epitome of his own, stagnating Apple for all the creative abilities it would have without him. Either way it just makes the zealous Apple hater as apparently ignorant as he (or she) really is. I appreciate all technologies and appreciate all people involved with its creation from software engineering to marketing. Steve and Bill are the icons of Apple and Windows respectively but they as well as thousands of other people are responsible for bringing great products to market.
      partman1969@...
      • RE: Jobs left future plans for next-generation Apple products

        @partman1969@...

        Don't feed the trolls. Haters gotta hate. It's what they do.
        comp_indiana
      • RE: Jobs left future plans for next-generation Apple products

        @partman1969@...

        Wow, how did you get all that from my comment? I have no idea.
        dsf3g
      • RE: Jobs left future plans for next-generation Apple products

        @partman1969@...
        I think what he meant in ways he was way ahead and others he lagged behind. Like the computer market share. At one time he had a chance to rule the computing world, but his lack of whatever always held that back.
        tangle70
      • So you're a hater comp_indiana?

        @partman1969@...

        or just a troll?
        :)
        William Farrell
    • RE: Jobs left future plans for next-generation Apple products

      @dsf3g

      No battle plan survives first contact with the enemy.

      Good luck with a 6 year plan ;-)
      tonymcs@...
  • RE: Jobs left future plans for next-generation Apple products

    Not to nitpick, but ..."his appearance only two months to Cupertino City Council before his resignation" should read "his appearance <i>before the</i> Cupertino City Council <i>only two months</i> before his resignation..."
    mmcleant
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    kksdiei
  • RE: Jobs left future plans for next-generation Apple products

    Sounds good in theory but the digital landscape is always changing. Some new innovative company could bring out a service and then Apple would have to change their plans.
    LoverockDavidson_-24231404894599612871915491754222
    • RE: Jobs left future plans for next-generation Apple products

      @LoverockDavidson_

      LOL, 'innovative company'. Like who, exactly? Your beloved (and hopelessly beFUDdled) Microsoft? That's a good one!
      comp_indiana