John Gruber: Jackassery never goes out of style

The dean of Apple bloggers takes a whack at MarketWatch.

From Daring Fireball:

Daniel Newman, writing for MarketWatch, with “7 reasons investors should worry” about Apple:

3. Apple has an identity crisis. When Apple was a challenger brand, it disrupted. It innovated. It had to “think different” and be a rebel. The moment Apple became the incumbent, it lost its identity, its sense of purpose and its vision. That’s why Apple is trying to be everything now: a credit-card company, another Netflix, the Reader’s Digest of news (leading HSBC to downgrade the stock), maybe an AR company, maybe a car company… Worst of all, Apple keeps looking to the past for ideas instead of the future. Steve Jobs had vision. Tim Cook has spreadsheets. Spreadsheets don’t make great Apple products. Vision does.

I read this piece a few hours ago and decided to ignore it. But this one paragraph kept gnawing at me. In one paragraph Newman argues that during Apple’s good old days, it disrupted and innovated. And then one sentence later he’s arguing that the company is lost because it’s entering the fields of AR and cars. And how are AR and autonomous vehicles “the past”? It’s one thing to contradict oneself paragraphs apart, but it takes quite a mind to contradict oneself so completely in a single short paragraph.

My take: I confess I skipped Newman’s piece first time around. One’s arms get tired.


  1. Fred Stein said:

    Interesting that Newman omitted Apple Watch.

    Like the iPhone, it is not the first “smart” version of a product, but it is the first “platfrom” version of a product. Apple Watch’s has such a commanding lead that it may become “The Platform” Watch. The rest of the smart wrist device market is hopelessly fragmented.

    April 16, 2019
  2. Jerry W Doyle said:

    I read “MarketWatch” as part of my daily scanning of business and investment news. I am familiar with Daniel Newman’s writings.

    Newman reminds me of the infamous quote by a famous politician who loved to pontificate on matters of which he often knew little about the subject. One day after pontificating erratically on an issue of which he obviously had little to no understanding the politician remarked: “… I am beginning to be convinced by the logic of my own argument… I feel the urge to talk!”

    The truth was immaterial to that politician just as the truth is immaterial with Mr. Newman. That politician suggested to one audience that he was Protestant and to another that he was Catholic. It’s the same with Mr. Newman. One may try to enlighten Mr. Newman as many tried to enlighten that politician. Inculcating a spirit of edification within these types of folk is impossible. These are folk who always can defend a wrong premise and reach the right conclusion.

    April 16, 2019

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