Has Tim Cook Filled Steve Jobs' Big Shoes in First Year as Apple's CEO?

Has Tim Cook Filled Steve Jobs' Big Shoes in First Year as Apple's CEO?

It seems hard to believe, but it was one year ago today that Steve Jobs resigned as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Apple and handed the reigns to Tim Cook, then the Chief Operating Officer (COO). Jobs passed away not long after, succumbing to pancreatic cancer on October 5, 2011. That means Cook has been at the helm without any input from Jobs for the majority of his short tenure as CEO, though Apple's accomplishments during the past year aren't his alone.

Apple's roadmap was already laid by the time Cook took over, so it's really too early to issue Cook any kind of meaningful report card. We can, however, say that without a doubt the transition from the Jobs era to the Cook era has been mostly without hiccups. With all eyes on Cook, Apple recently ascended to new heights in market capitalization, setting a record for most valuable company of all time (unless you factor in inflation, in which case Microsoft still holds the record from 1999).

Tim Cook

Many wondered how Apple would fare in the post-Jobs era, and while the verdict is still out, Cook is off to a fast start. Apple recorded a record 118 percent jump in profit back in January, a feat that left Apple with $100 billion in cash to play with; he oversaw the new iPad launch; and come next month, he'll unveil the iPhone 5 and, possibly, an iPad Mini to go up against the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire, and other 7-inch tablets.

Yes, it too early to tell if Cook has the chops to maintain Apple's success, but the fact that we're still discussing it a year later rather than writing about Apple's search for a new CEO bodes well for his future, and that of Apple's as well.
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Rather than trying to fill Steve's shoes, he should just do his own thing.

Apple's stock seems to be doing OK too. Tim's doing fine.

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He has done relatively well at hanging out because Steve Jobs left a 5 year known road map for Apple and everything that has been done up until now except maybe some changes in dates for releases was already done before he passed away. Although he seems to be a very smart and motivated guy he as of now has been coasting and that is the way Job's left him purposefully I am sure. He has to build on himself and his existing skills before taking the reign's really and I am pretty sure Job's knew that and also know he had been "tutoring" him for a while before he went. I am not saying he has done nothing I am just saying Job's thought in general with a great deal of forethought from everything I have read about him. This was no different I do not think. We will know the truth about Tim in 3-5 years after he is running the company in real time not on a written or at least well outlined route.

Apple may do great or they may fall into the same hole they did many years ago making boutique equipment when the whole computing world went main stream. The smartphone mobile data is doing that same thing as we speak. Google just released another device it is full open source and that's the way there playing it seemingly from here out. Will Tim be able to steer the ship when the water gets rougher will be the telling sign for now we have to wait and see.

I will say this much without Apple pushing the rest of the market I am pretty sure we would not be anywhere near where we are now. While I am an android type guy personally and a PC type guy computer wise for now a lot of that depends on many things. I am thinking of starting to get back into music. It has been 12-18 years at least since I have been out of it. From what I understand Apple equip is way easier to use in music production.

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At least apple is stable. But thats about it.

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Tim Cook is a good Ceo, he was not Steve Jobs ideal successor, according to his biography, but he was the best Steve found i his long career with Apple. Tim was always a very able and motivated boss, he used the people around him in achieving the goals set out for him, but he isn't the power house of megalomania and obsessive compulsive drive for perfection that Steve was.

Tim has been a very good operator a good machine, but operator, mechanic and inventor are 3 totally different jobs and so far he has been only one. The tech world outdates itself every 18 months and its been 10 since jobs has passed. I think we will get a much fairer view 15, 20 or 25 months from now.

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I think it's way to soon to tell. Steve Jobs from my understanding left a few years worth of ideas and planning for his company. Give it a few years and then see how he's doing as CEO. That's the true test. When the shadow of Jobs has passed and Tim is doing everything on his own merit.

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