Steve Jobs si è dimesso da Chief Executive Officer (in italiano amministratore delegato) per diventare Presidente del consiglio di amministrazione di Apple. Con il suo addio al “trono” finisce un’era per l’azienda. Al suo posto arriva il compagno Tim Cook a cui è affidato lo scettro per guidare Apple verso nuovi successi. Ma nel frattempo come cambierà?
A major development out of Cupertino: Apple CEO Steve Jobs has stepped down, the board naming Tim Cook as his replacement. The company said “Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company.”
Steve himself published the following letter:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
Apple has confirmed that Jobs will stay on as Chairman. Full details in the PR after the break.
As you’ll no doubt be aware, Qualcomm currently enjoys a stranglehold on processing hardware inside Windows Phone handsets. Its Snapdragon chip stars in both Microsoft’s original and updated chassis spec for the platform, but its hegemony may soon be coming to an end. STMicroelectronics (the ST in ST-Ericsson) boss Carlo Bozotti is cited by Forbes as saying that Nokia will use ST-Ericsson hardware to power at least some of its Windows Phones. The dual-core U8500, a long-time Nokia favorite, is touted as the first such system-on-chip to appear, with its successors helping to populate Nokia’s expansive WP lineup in 2012. The only intel we’ve had so far on Nokia’s initial handsets for the new OS revolved around Qualcomm-based devices, so even if ST-Ericsson is indeed going to infiltrate the Windows Phone ecosystem, it doesn’t look likely to be among the very first Nokias out of the gate.
Any new technology generally costs an arm, a leg, and a bit of your sanity to adopt early, but that’s a luxury that the well settled auto market cannot afford. In light of its elastic economics, car makers looking to go electric have had to be extremely aggressive in cutting their own profits, an aggressiveness that’s now been estimated by Fiat’s CEO Sergio Marchionne to cost them as much as $10,000 per unit sold. Fiat’s famed little car, the Cinquecento, is going to be hitting the US in a new EV configuration in 2012, in spite of the fact it’ll be causing a ding to the company’s bottom line. It’s not actually clear whether Mr. Marchionne is factoring in research and development costs or whether he’s talking purely of material costs, though Fiat’s fate is hardly unique — the Nissan Leaf isn’t expected to generate a profit for a good couple of years yet. The Fiat 500 EV’s likely price was indirectly revealed, too, by the company chief’s assertion that it’ll retail for about three times the cost of its gas-powered version. So about $45,000. Yikes!