On the latest episode of ATP, Marco Arment said something that resonated with me:
Basically, Apple today is run by a bunch of middle-aged white men, and it seems like that is showing a lot recently. And it’s unfortunate, and that isn’t to say that they can’t still make good stuff, but, I think some of their decisions are a little odd, in context.
Many industries suffer from this issue, but the problem is particularly apparent in tech. For Apple, I think the issue is most conspicuous during their occasionally cringe-worthy presentations.
It’s weird. Other companies now seem to be better at doing Apple presentations than Apple themselves (however, I think watching other companies do excellent Apple impressions makes them seem, at best, unoriginal, and, at worst, inhuman). Last year’s Google I/O presentation was solid, while Apple’s recent presentations seem to mostly feature the goofy characters that Arment referred to. Often, they don’t seem prepared or to be taking things too seriously.
I miss Steve Jobs.
At a time when some people are living longer than ever and the world’s course is still being controlled by, quite frankly, old white men, it’s good to remember this excellent quote:
…death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.
Steven P. Jobs