• Report: Apple Board Upset with Lack of Innovation from Tim Cook



    Is a finger of blame over Apple's perceived lack of innovation being directed toward CEO Tim Cook?

    According to an understandably controversial new report tonight, Apple's Board of Directors isn't happy about the shortage of dazzling new products and services coming out of Apple's pipeline these days.

    FOX Business News, citing reliable sources, reports that Tim Cook is in the hot seat and will likely continue to feel the heat until Apple wows us once more with something new. Some inside of Apple don't believe that the company has really pushed anything innovative since the iPad mini was unveiled last October.

    Since then, share prices have fallen, and criticisms have climbed.

    "What have they had lately? They have had the iPad, they've had a few other things, but they don't have anything innovating from what came from Steve Jobs," FOX news correspondent Charlie Gasparino says. "And that concern is basically manifesting into pressure on Tim Cook to basically innovate - do something fast."

    The pace of innovation at Apple isn't good enough for the board, it seems, although it doesn't look like Tim Cook is close to being dumped as CEO... yet.

    Source: FOX Business News
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Report: Apple Board Upset with Lack of Innovation from Tim Cook started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 55 Comments
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      What about the new Mac Pro?
    1. Legend_master's Avatar
      Legend_master -
      That is not a great sign for the new iPhone.
    1. Assassination's Avatar
      Assassination -
      Apple DownFall OHHHH NOOOOOOOOO!
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Legend_master View Post
      That is not a great sign for the new iPhone.
      +1
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
      What about the new Mac Pro?
      They changed the shell and added a new usb port.
    1. eyepoper's Avatar
      eyepoper -
      They are correct.. there has not been a single thing new yet.. and I think Steve left a lot of Innovationes behind somewhere.. but are they really taking care of it.

      I didnt ilke Tim Cook from the beginning..only his style of to soft and not having a hard voice presenting things..
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Well first of all. Mac Pro is something innovative at least for now. But iPads and iPhones aren't gonna cut it being the same shape and size and I think ios7 is fun and new and interesting due to it being the first change since the iPhone was born but I still think they need to redo it.

      Also hasn't it been confirmed that Steve himself knew he was dieing so for the next 10 years he's created ideas and designs for new devices? Course they don't have to use his ideas.
    1. Jdot1224's Avatar
      Jdot1224 -
      I have to agree.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThatOneProfile View Post
      They changed the shell and added a new usb port.
      There is a lot more to the new Mac Pro than just the new case, however the case itself is a huge innovation as far as cooling designs go. The current Mac Pro is a monster... and produces a ton of heat, it regularly bakes my office when I am doing a lot (nice in the winter though). They packed more power into a machine that has the footprint of a CD and is only 10" tall.
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      Although I agree, I think Apple has a lot of unreleased stuff that they are perfecting before release. iTV and iWatch could be huge for them especially if they get a tv deal going.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by holyshnikes View Post
      Although I agree, I think Apple has a lot of unreleased stuff that they are perfecting before release. iTV and iWatch could be huge for them especially if they get a tv deal going.
      I don't think we will see a true iTV until Apple is able to make a deal with program providers for television service.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
      There is a lot more to the new Mac Pro than just the new case, however the case itself is a huge innovation as far as cooling designs go. The current Mac Pro is a monster... and produces a ton of heat, it regularly bakes my office when I am doing a lot (nice in the winter though). They packed more power into a machine that has the footprint of a CD and is only 10" tall.
      It's probably not Tim's innovation
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
      There is a lot more to the new Mac Pro than just the new case, however the case itself is a huge innovation as far as cooling designs go. The current Mac Pro is a monster... and produces a ton of heat, it regularly bakes my office when I am doing a lot (nice in the winter though). They packed more power into a machine that has the footprint of a CD and is only 10" tall.
      +1
    1. babyydaveyy's Avatar
      babyydaveyy -
      I would live to see a 4k display come from apple. Although it's not that innovative (it's already been done), it would be something new. And who knows, maybe they could market it as another retina display.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Apple started off selling just computers, they've slowly started to expand over the years. The iPod (2001), iPhone (2007), iPad (2010) and other products didn't just come one right after the other. Innovation takes time, you don't want to just throw some new product out and hope people like it. I think its pretty lame that the board is putting pressure on him, he's done a great job feeling in the massive shoes of Jobs. Apple will continue to do what they do best, spend time making the best products that they can.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Nothing new, I have been saying that since iPhone 4S
    1. xhazex9x's Avatar
      xhazex9x -
      Quote Originally Posted by eyepoper View Post
      They are correct.. there has not been a single thing new yet.. and I think Steve left a lot of Innovationes behind somewhere.. but are they really taking care of it.

      I didnt ilke Tim Cook from the beginning..only his style of to soft and not having a hard voice presenting things..
      Steve jobs gets way too much credit he really isn't as much an innovator as most people say look how many years it took to update the iPod and the MacBook like 10 years I don't understand why everyone thinks so much of him he's really no different than anyone else who's started up their own company. I've seen better ideas for apple products on forums than I've ever seen apple put out during and post Steve jobs
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      What do they expect from a supply chain expert?

      iOS 7 tentatively looks good but everything else is simply resizing and tweaking old products to make more models, a la John Scully.

      Google is the only large, truly innovative company. Unfortunately a lot of their software is stuck in advanced beta and languishes for years. But their hardware (Glasses, self driving car) is truly innovative and I hope it makes a strong profit for them eventually.

      Well, you can't teach or hire an innovative CEO. Too bad for Apple.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Quote Originally Posted by xhazex9x View Post
      Steve jobs gets way too much credit he really isn't as much an innovator as most people say look how many years it took to update the iPod and the MacBook like 10 years I don't understand why everyone thinks so much of him he's really no different than anyone else who's started up their own company. I've seen better ideas for apple products on forums than I've ever seen apple put out during and post Steve jobs
      Um... Steve jobs pretty much reinvented the smart phone and resurrected apple back from the dead. Ya, he delivers ALL the credit!
    1. i113's Avatar
      i113 -
      There will never be another Jobs. Even if future CEOs do well, they won't live up to the mythical legend that has become Steve Jobs. That being said, Cook must have shared some vision of Apple's future with Jobs for him to install him personally as CEO and lock him in for so long with such a sweet contract.
      I guess that is unless Cook had some really juicy dirt on Steve...

      If the board wants more innovation, maybe they should think of some good ideas. I doubt Cook is in the lab himself building all the new devices.
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