Steve Jobs

Bitter rivalries can goad firms to greatness

This picture may not show it, but Tiny Rowland (left) and Mohammed al-Fayed hated each other's guts. Photo: AFP

Bitter personal rivalries are hardly unknown in the business world, and they are found at every level, from fiercely competing family stores to massive conglomerates.

Wednesday, 9 April, 2014, 1:34am 1 comment

Apple without Steve Jobs lacks the old mojo

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks to the audience during an Apple event in San Jose, California. Photo: Reuters

Apple under Tim Cook has finally come up with a product that shakes up markets. Unfortunately for Apple's legions of fans, it's not one of those "insanely great" electronic gadgets for which the late Steve Jobs was justly famous.

9 May 2013 - 4:45am 1 comment

Steve Jobs film is wrong, says Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs.

"We never had such interaction and roles," Wozniak, who quit Apple in 1987 after 12 years, told tech blog Gizmodo after a clip from the movie was posted online ahead of its premiere. "I'm not even sure what it's getting at," he said, adding that the "personalities are very wrong - although mine is closer."

27 Jan 2013 - 5:08am

Apple loses world’s most valuable company crown

People walk past the Apple logo at the Apple Store at Grand Central Terminal in New York. Photo: AFP

Apple shares extended their losses on Friday, ending a miserable week for the California tech giant as it surrendered its position as the world’s biggest company based on market value.

26 Jan 2013 - 1:26pm

Steve Jobs’ estate pays to free impounded superyacht

Two men on bicycles watch the yacht of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, the ‘Venus’, made by Dutch shipbuilder Royal de Vries in Aalsmeer, departing for a trial run. Photo: EPA

Steve Jobs’ superyacht Venus was free to leave Amsterdam port Monday after the late Apple co-founder’s estate paid a deposit to resolve a dispute with designer Philippe Starck, who had had the yacht impounded.

“The Venus is no longer impounded, we have found a solution,” Gerard Moussault, a Hague-based lawyer for the Jobs estate, told AFP.

26 Dec 2012 - 10:46am

Steve Jobs’ yacht impounded in payment dispute

The superyacht built for Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is seen in a shipyard in Aalsmeer in this October 30, 2012 file photo. Photo: Reuters

Steve Jobs’ Dutch-built superyacht has been impounded in Amsterdam because of a dispute between the late Apple founder’s estate and designer Philippe Starck over an unpaid bill.

“The yacht has been impounded,” Rotterdam-based lawyer Roelant Klaassen, who represents French designer Starck’s Ubik company, told AFP.

22 Dec 2012 - 4:30pm

Steve Jobs' superyacht unveiled at last

The luxury superyacht Venus at the shipyard in Aalsmeer. Photo: AFP

Steve Jobs' superyacht Venus has emerged from a shipbuilder's yard in the Netherlands just over a year after the death of the Apple founder, who had a big hand in designing the unusual vessel.

31 Oct 2012 - 3:34am

Leung can rebound from his 'bad start'

Hongkongers have come to love maligning the new government almost as much as they like Apple's iconic gadgets - but a top adviser to the new chief executive says Leung Chun-ying can still come good.

That's if he takes a lesson from the technology giant's founder.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Apple brings new iPad to mainland

Apple is poised to tighten its grip on the mainland's fast-growing media tablet market, with the domestic release of the company's third-generation iPad next Friday.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Apple's obligation is to its shareholders, not society

It used to be said that what was good for General Motors was good for the America.

The implication was clear: the health of the United States economy as a whole depended on the success of the country's biggest corporations.

Over recent years GM has faded to a shadow of its former self, eclipsed in its home market by Asian rivals such as Toyota.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Leadership at core of Apple's success

'You're an idiot, that's not how you use a mouse!' These were the first words spoken to me by Steve Jobs. He was demonstrating the soon-to-be-introduced Macintosh computer and I was the president of one of the Apple dealerships (that is, Steve's customer) attending a pre-launch event. It was the first time I'd ever used a computer mouse.

7 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Apple CEO's Beijing visit prompts talk of expansion

Apple CEO Tim Cook's visit to Beijing this week has prompted bullish speculation about the technology giant's potential new investments and alliances on the mainland.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Apple's new iPad

If you're still waiting for the iPad 3, you're going to be waiting a long time: the next generation of the beloved Apple tablet doesn't come with a number.

It's simply the new iPad.

That really shouldn't come as a big surprise, though, since the new iPad looks exactly like its predecessor - except that it's thicker by a few millimetres.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Scalpers go elsewhere for ipads

Apple's online sales arrangements for the new iPad - under which the gadgets were not available from its own shop except by pre-order - have failed to eradicate scalping on the launch day yesterday as the product was also available at other outlets where professional queuers lined up early to make a quick profit.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Poor pupils to be offered cheap iPads

The iPad is to be included in a government welfare scheme that helps needy pupils obtain a computing device to improve their web learning, in an attempt to promote the unpopular initiative.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am