Apple without Steve Jobs

Well, we already know,” Ellison told Rose. “We saw — we conducted the experiment. I mean, it’s been done. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. We saw Apple without Steve Jobs. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. Now, we’re gonna see Apple without Steve Jobs.
— Larry Ellison, CEO, Oracle

Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle stirred a sort of a mini controversy with the comments he made on an interview with CBS yesterday. He basically seemed to imply that history has already showed us what Apple will be without Steve Jobs - doomed! I think his comments were more a compliment to the great man late Steve Jobs than towards 'Apple is doomed' and of course the press blew it up and took it out of proportion. Larry Ellison and Steve Jobs have known to be long time close friends and had great mutual respect for one another. Here is one of his quotes on Steve Jobs.

The difference between me and Steve is that I’m willing to live with the best the world can provide. With Steve that’s not always good enough. And if you look at how he tackles building a phone, or building a laptop, he really is in pursuit of this technical and aesthetic perfection. And he just won’t compromise... But he’s never been motivated by money. Once we were hiking, and Steve looked at me, put his right hand on my left shoulder and his left hand on my right shoulder, and said - Larry, that’s why it’s really important that I’m your friend. See, you don’t need any more money... He’s enormously proud of the fact that Apple is now the highest-valued company in Silicon Valley, higher than Cisco, higher than Intel, higher than Google, higher than Oracle.
— Larry Ellison, CEO, Oracle

Even if Larry meant what he said, I think there was an oversight in his comment and the difference this time when Steve Jobs left Apple than the time he left in 1983 is that, Steve knew he was leaving this time around for good and and he knew so much in advance, some say even as early as 2006.  So other than feverishly working on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, etc. he also prepared Apple and its fellow members for a life without him and Tim Cook's Apple is now infused completely with Steve Jobs' ideologies and thought process. You cannot replace him but his way of thinking and his emphasis on simplicity and perfection will definitely live on at Apple. Jim Dalrymple at the Loop makes this point precisely and more elegantly.

Steve worked hard to leave Apple in good hands. He molded the company, the products, the executive team and the vision he had for Apple. This time when Steve left Apple, he knew he was leaving and he wanted the company to survive and prosper in his absence.

If there was one man on this earth that couldn’t be replaced, it surely must have been Steve Jobs. To me, Apple doesn’t seem to be trying to replace Steve as much as they are trying to carry on the vision that Steve worked so hard to build. That’s what Steve wanted and that’s what we expect from Apple.
— Jim Dalrymple, The Loop