Apple CEO Steve Jobs 'the Edison of our Age'

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

For the second time in the company’s history, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is going on medical leave. A year and a half ago, Jobs underwent a liver transplant, and recovered from pancreatic cancer in 2004. The company's most recent earnings report will also be released today. Both announcements come at a time when Apple is facing some of its toughest competition from smaller tech challengers as well as fellow titans like Google. Thus far Steve Jobs has been synonymous with Apple — an often essential part of the brand. What is the possible future of Apple without Steve Jobs?

We talk about the legacy of Steve Jobs and the future of the world's most valued technology company with Ken Auletta, author of the Annals of Communications column for The New Yorker Magazine and author of “Googled: The End of the World as We Know It.” We also talk with Steven Levy, journalist for Wired magazine.

Guests:

Ken Auletta and Steven Levy

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [3]

kevin davidson from Brooklyn NY

STeve Jobs is like the Beatles -- there were others before, and there wlll be other after. But unlike all the other 'bands', he's been unique and groundbreaking.

Aug. 25 2011 08:37 AM
Mark

I actually wouldn't mind a little shake up at Apple. It feels like they've been neglecting their pro apps in favor of the consumer gadgets. Final Cut Pro X was not well received when it was released earlier this year. I'm still hoping Logic Pro X will be good but we'll have to wait and see.

Aug. 25 2011 05:04 AM
Fred Theilig from Rhode Island

Did I hear you say that Edison didn't use his movie camera? Not unless you consider owning a movie studio.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edison_Studios

And before we lionize Jobs too much, remember that there were computers before the Apple, graphic interfaces before the Macintosh, music players before the ipod, smart phones before the iphone, and tablet computers before the ipad.

Jan. 18 2011 07:01 AM

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