Posted tagged ‘Apple’

Who is AAPL’s next COO

August 26, 2011

Everyone’s all rev’d up about Job’s resignation as CEO, Tim Cook’s ascencion to CEO.

No one is yet talking about who replaces COOK! Tim is a brilliant ops guy. Sure, he gets strategy. He’s helped drive it at Apple now for nearly a decade for crying out loud. The guy “gets it”. No question.

But, who becomes Apple’s next COO is really pretty important.

In fact, AAPL has several key executive jobs to fill. Serlet – Developer Relations. Johnson – Retail. Very quickly Tim Cook will have the opportunity – nĂ© the responsibility of hiring in his “Cabinet” to carry the ball for the next [several] years. So, are these internal young stars we’ve not seen much of yet? Are these people we’ll say… oh, yeah, that makes total sense? I’m betting we already know these people.

See, Apple has a University internally for continuity. They want everyone to know… Apple isn’t going to change too very much. We like them the way they are. They like them the way they are. So, sure, people come and go… even higher ups. Continuity and panic control were expected and factored for.

So, here’s the 64-bit question… Who is the Apple management dream team?

iWork 09 Initial Impressions

January 6, 2009

The free 30 day eval is available for download at Apple.com. [EDIT: And, the serial number is purchaseable straight from within the demo. So, go ahead and download the fully functional demo. iWork.com’s pretty slick stuff to boot.]

First impressions – love it.

Deeper in I find I’m really only sort of in love. Kinda like being half pregnant. Only this somehow works.

I live in Keynote and Numbers these days. So, I really like what has been made available. But, I’m finding I’m not so happy with what has been (seemingly) taken away. Particularly in Keynote. The Apple Remote doesn’t seem to pair with Keynote 09 now. And, there is no Flash export option. Neither one is a show stopper. But, my pretty new flame has a wart right where there shouldn’t be one.

[EDIT: on the plus side I held off writing about the hard-to-find Keynote Remote iPhone app. Turns out it wasn’t searchable but was hidden in plain sight nice and prominently on the App Store landing page. And… it works fabulously. It controls the presentation very nicely with plain gestures. And, while you don’t see the actual transitions from slide to slide or the slick builds… it’s totally controllable. One wish for the next rev of Keynote Remote (which is 99 cents btw) is that it had a built in timer. Presenter notes are there but no timer. Ah well…]

Time Capsule

January 15, 2008

Overall, Time Capsule’s a smart move on Apple’s part. The business side of it is a good deal for them. High margin device + Apple Stores as distribution and all that for an integrated, take-the-“hard part”-out-of-the-equation type solution.

If only they’d put a cable modem in there! I’d dump my LinkSys pile of crap in a NY second.