In consumer digital products there is no other brand name that comes close to matching the iconic status of Apple. From the iMac to the iPad – the iPhone to the iPod Touch – Apple has built a Tech Empire that seems untouchable. Plus their Software platforms of OS X, iOS, iTunes and the App Store are even a match for a combined Windows/Android fantasy mash-up.
If you look deep inside the DNA of each of those powerhouse brands, you will see the heart and soul of one man driving each product on – Mr Steve Jobs. In the same way that Walt Disney is synonymous with the Disney brand and everything it stands for, Steve Jobs is the living embodiment of the Apple brand.
The keynote events which Steve Jobs overlords every few months are treated like rock star events across all forms of media. There is no other global brand leader that can make you believe and buy into the brand which Jobs is selling. But this ain’t brand Apple that’s being marketed, this is Brand Jobs!
Over this coming decade Apple will eventually have to face its greatest challenge in trying to find a new head that can come even close to matching the legendary status of Steve Jobs, no matter how many other cool new Apple products they release. For this they need to find a type of person who has links with Jobs and the magic of Disney and is currently chief creative officer of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studio’s – Mr John Lasseter.
Like Jobs at Apple, John Lasseter is the chief creative force at Pixar, where his attention to detail and master of his craft helped forged a series of animated movies which are on par with anything which the late great Walt Disney made in the past. Luckily for Disney Lasseter came through their ranks before joining Pixar, but will Apple be lucky to find a new apprentice that can carry the mantle and legacy of the great Steve Jobs.
Of course Apple will eventually lose their great Lennon/McCartney partnership of Jobs/ Ive. But in the mean time they need to find a successor to Steve Jobs, someone that lives and breathes Apple and has ideas and passions of his own to take the company onto even more greater heights. Plus most importantly of all, he needs to be able to deliver Rock Star Keynote performances that can match the power of Brand Jobs!