That Apple isn’t the same without Steve Jobs is no mystery. Just the fact that you can get ahead without looking at the competition is something that has been lost with Tim Cook and products like the iPad mini. Alan Kay talks about Jobs’ mandate in an interview, and says Apple is one of those companies that needs a charismatic leader to succeed.
Alan Kay is part of the Apple legend; he was one of the members of the Xerox PARC team , from which Apple drew to create the graphic interface for LISA and the Macintosh. Moreover, this man was very admired by Steve Jobs and many times he was quoted with people who really care about their software, should also make their own hardware , a philosophy that is one of the most important pillars of Apple.
In an interview with TIME’s Techland blog he was asked about Apple without Steve Jobs, and Alan explains that the problem with companies like Apple is that they depend too much on a charismatic leader to move forward .
The idea that Apple needs a charismatic leader to survive is something that does not come from now. It is still too early to know if Apple will end up sinking again with Tim Cook’s mandate, but for the moment they are still growing more than ever, even without Jobs . And this is because Jobs chose his successor very well, and the future of the company without his presence, unlike what happened to John Sculley, who was fired without any further ado.