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Apple is at the junction of technology and art (at least that’s what their marketing has said since its beginning). Jobs had a passion for typography, knew how to program and design logic board, and also had a mystical / philosophical side. Would Ive be able to convincingly explain that the latest arm cpu architecture is a breakthrough, or talk about the latest apple filesystem ? I don’t think he would. He seems like a pure « outside » design guy. I’ve only seen him talk about materials, shapes, and manufacturing process, but never about what’s inside the box ( i may be completely wrong, because i don’t know the guy).

And you also need to be a great salesman, which most artistic oriented people hate.

Note that by this definition, Cook isn’t a good replacement as well. He seems very much concerned by « doing good » or moral / ethical issues than jobs was (at least publicly), and he likes to invite famous people to talk about the products, but i don’t feel the same passion for this junction of tech and art that can only rise when you’re personally living in that junction.




Steve Wozniak makes it sound like Jobs barely knew how to program, so I'd be very surprised if he knew anything about designing logic boards.





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