Tuesday's big Apple announcements will spark a fresh round of Tim Cook vs. Steve Jobs-tinged analysis, as industry watchers weigh the magicalness of the latest iPhones and whatever else Apple has in store vs. what Steve Jobs would have done.
One popular story of late regarding Cook and Apple is that Apple is suffering from brain drain, as employees seek fresh opportunities at Google, LinkedIn and other hot companies now that Apple's stock has fallen from the lofty $700 mark about a year ago to the more modest $500 or so level. Some of this discussion has been prompted by changes at the higher echelons of Apple, namely the management team, since Cook took over.
To sum up the management changes: Jobs stepped down as CEO in August of 2011 and died in October; Cook moved up from COO to CEO; SVP of Mac Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield retired in June 2012, returned a short while later, then stepped down earlier this summer to focus on special projects; Dan Riccio joined top management ranks overseeing hardware last year; Ron Johnson, head of retail, announced he was leaving Apple in June 2011 and officially left shortly after Jobs' death to head up J.C. Penney; John Browett replaced Johnson, but was ousted in April 2012, with Cook at least temporarly taking over the retail operations; Scott Forstall, SVP for iOS, also was ousted in 2012; Eddy Cue gained new responsibilities in the wake of the Forstall departure and became part of the top management team, and has even been rumored to be a possible Cook successor if things go south for him; legendary designer Jonathan Ive was also given increased design responsibilities; and Craig Federighi joined the executive team overseeing software engineering after Forstall left, and played a starring role in Apple's iOS 7 announcement in June.
Here's a look at what that team looks like now vs. on Aug. 16, 2011, shortly before Jobs stepped down and Cook took over as CEO.