After a long fight with cancer, Apple founder Steve Jobs has died. His death coincides with the unexpected news that iPhone 5’s original release date has been scrapped and set for another year. In its place will be the iPhone 4S, nothing more than a tweaked version of iPhone 4.
The decision to change its standard upgrade cycle perplexed both critics and Apple enthusiasts alike. People that have been holding out on buying a phone to wait for the new iPhone 5 are angry for waiting for nothing. The release date debacle clearly shows Apple’s calm surface hides rough waters brewing underneath. Because it is unlikely that a company would intentionally set out to upset its consumer base, we can surmise that whatever caused the phone’s release date to be pushed back was not what Apple had in the books.
Apple chose to hold onto the information about the iPhone 5 delay for as long as it could, only announcing news of the change right before the company was to prepare for its release. What was going on behind the scenes during this time, and who was in charge of making the decisions?
It is possible that Steve Jobs was under a tremendous amount of stress to get the iPhone 5 released on schedule. This stress could have been the tipping point that led to his death, weakening his body enough for the cancer to move in.
There is no dispute that leaders work tirelessly to keep schedules, and Steve was as big a leader as they come.