“Can’t innovate anymore, my ass.”
Phil Schiller’s one-liner in yesterday’s WWDC keynote just may be one of the best in Apple history.
People may forget what drives Apple, but Apple does not. Back in the dark days, before Steve Jobs returned, the company really had become mediocre.
The success of iMac proved that Apple wasn’t dead yet. From that point on, a series of successes put Apple into the black and removed all the question marks surrounding its viability.
The kinds of products that were fueling Apple’s rise — iMac, iBook, AirPort, etc. — made one thing abundantly clear. Apple would continue to grow as long as it continued to innovate.
Schiller’s zinger was the 2013 affirmation of this belief. It was spirited and confident. Continue reading →