Steve Jobs may have plenty of supporters the world over, but one influential figure at least predicts a rocky road ahead for Apple under its new commander. According to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, the current turbulence being felt as in Cupertino is just the tip of the iceberg.
Ellison’s company makes the software used to run Apple’s physical stores the world over, along with millions of other businesses covering every imaginable sector. He was a close friend of Steve Jobs and has spoken of his concern that Apple’s glory days are over and will never hit the kind of dizzying highs brought along by Jobs.
He points out the time during Steve Jobs was absent from Apple as a stark warning of things to come – at no time when Jobs wasn’t at the helm did Apple perform a fraction as strongly. As such, he predicts that despite the best effort and arguable genius of Tim Cook, there’s nothing in the world to new CEO can do to replicate the success Jobs had with Apple.
His remarks came during an interview with CBS This Morning, when he spoke in detail about his friend and the future of Apple.
He made his feelings about the late Steve Jobs extremely clear, stating that his friend “was brilliant. I mean, our Edison. He was our Picasso. He was an incredible inventor.”
He was then asked to give his opinions as to what the future might have in store for Apple with its new CEO at the helm, to which he confidently replied “well, we already know.”
Asked what it is we already know, he spoke of the periods in the past when Jobs was and wasn’t in charge of Apple.
“We saw — we conducted the experiment,” he said.
“I mean, it’s been done. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. We saw Apple without Steve Jobs. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. Now, we’re gonna see Apple without Steve Jobs.”
His words mirror the suspicions of a growing bank of analysts and observers, who over recent months have become more and more jaded with Apple’s attempts and reigniting its former flare. Mold-breaking advances and true innovation seemed to dry up when Steve Jobs tragically succumbed to cancer, leading to a wavering reputation and a company that doesn’t come close to the powerhouse it used to be.