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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending August 30

John Cox | Sept. 2, 2013
A muted rainbow, Labor Day madness, plastic, The Cook Legacy.

Why iOS 7 is a "left" instead of "right" turn isn't made clear. For all anyone really knows, it could still represent a direction that Jobs was involved in setting before he died.

"Jobs told Tim Cook to do whatever he thought was right, rather than trying to guess what Jobs would have done," Stabley assures us. Stabley may be the Human Fly of the iOSphere, since most of his observations about what Jobs told Cook could only have been made by the proverbial fly on the wall.

"Cook did what he felt he had to do, and as a result, Apple has made one of its biggest left turns in years with iOS 7 and the iPhone 6, more so out of personnel reasons than strategic ones," Stabley writes. "Its success or failure, still dependent on the public's fondness for or rejection of the new interface, is the first move Cook has made which defines his tenure."

The success or failure of Cook's decisions is separate from the decisions, or moves, themselves. And Cook has made plenty of them since becoming Apple's president and CEO. What seems to define his tenure above anything else is his appreciation of kind of company that Jobs created: a company that's perfectly capable of taking left, or right, turns on its own.Read more about anti-malware in Network World's Anti-malware section.


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