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Steve Jobs’ name is synonymous with success, innovation and revolution. As former CEO and co-founder of mega popu...
Steve Jobs’ name is synonymous with success, innovation and revolution. As former CEO and co-founder of mega popular Apple, his influence has contributed to groundbreaking changes in the mobile, music, and PC worlds of technology. He will even be given a place on a US postage stamp in 2015 as recognition for his hard work and excellence!
The question circulating recently is whether Apple’s reach will expand into television production as well. In an excerpt from an upcoming book by former Wall Street Journal reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane, called Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs, Kane indicates that Jobs put off the idea of making an Internet-connected TV set.
According to Yukari’s account, in 2010, at an annual gathering consisting of Apple’s best executives, managers and employees known as the “Top 100,” Jobs addressed his confidantes, stating “You've got Steve Jobs sitting right here. You're my guys. You can ask me anything you want. I don't care how dumb it is or how insulting it is. I want to make you all feel comfortable about whatever questions you have about the company.”
One of the questions thrown at him concerned the future possibility of an Apple TV set. To this, Jobs answered, “No. TV is a terrible business…They don't turn over and the margins suck.”
However, Jobs was never a man to shrink away from a challenge. Back in 2003, he reported that Apple couldn’t contribute much to mobile phones. Accepting this as a personal challenge, four years down the road, the iPhone was born.
The same may be expected for the development of an Internet-based HDTV set. According to Walter Isaacson’s biography, Steve Jobs, published in 2011 shortly after the tech guru’s death, Jobs had told him, “I'd like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use...It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud. It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it.”
Nothing is sure where Steve Jobs is concerned. Even after his decease, his work inspires and moves overs. After all, he did open the door to a new generation of mobile, music and PC services.
Maybe we all need to have a little more faith in his visions and allow a world of wonder to unravel before us. I know I’m willing!