Last month, Apple became the second largest company in America, according to Fast Company. That said, Apple is now bigger than Google, Microsoft, Walmart, General Electric, or any other enterprise not named ExxonMobil.
As Fast Company’s Farhad Manjoo so perceptively analyzes, it’s all because Apple knows what you want even more than you do. They don’t solicit outside feedback. They orchestrate announcements (not to mention internal controls) in a way that would make Kim Jong-il proud.
Furthermore, they say “no” more than “yes” when deciding on product features. They’re insular in their strategy. And they certainly don’t subscribe to the trendy ethos that openness, transparency, or even user-generated creativity is the future of business.
In other words, they’re leaders. Even if you don’t agree with their heading.
Speaking personally, I don’t believe in everything Apple makes. And I’m not blinded from their previous failures (i.e. no right clicks, removal of arrow keys, spinning beach balls, 1997, hyperbole, questionable pricing, personal digital assistants, and gaming consoles to name a few.)
But I admire their willingness to write the future as they see it, rather than adding to how everyone else views it. It’s what makes their industrial design so phenomenal. It’s what makes their operating systems so wonderful.
It’s what makes them Apple.