This is not to discredit Steve Jobs’ contribution to Apple. But it is more like a testament to his abilities that he turned a nearly bankrupt company into a tech behemoth which is no longer dependent on a cult figure for its success. A recent report has stated that the erstwhile CEO’s departure did not had much impact on Apple demand.
According to ChangeWave, a market research company, a survey revealed that only 4 percent of consumers are “less likely” to buy an Apple product after Steve Jobs’ resignation. On the other hand, a whopping 89 percent said that the shuffle in upper management is not likely to have any impact on their decision about buying the product.
The firm had conducted similar survey in 2008, when Steve Jobs had taken brief hiatus. At that time, considerably higher number of people had responded that they are “less likely” to buy Apple if Jobs steps down. The tally at that time stood at 18 percent and the proportion had been declining since then.
The firm conducted another survey regarding tablets. As expected, it showed that iPad remains the most favored tablet by far. It also showed that Apple tablet is the main choice of potential tablet buyers. About 80 percent of responders were in favor of iPad as their next tablet. About 10 percent of the responders were considering buying HP Tablet, which is a shame since the product has been discontinued since then. Also more and more companies are now interested in using tablets for managing their corporate affairs. About 86 percent of the companies are in the testing phase of deploying tablets in their organizations.