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.
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.