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Cook received runner-up for successfully filling Steve Jobs' shoes

TIME has named U.S. President Barack Obama the Person of the Year for the second time (he was also Person of the Year in 2008), but one of the runners-up for TIME's annual award was none other than Apple's CEO Tim Cook.

Why Cook? TIME had a list of reasons, ranging from the fact that Cook was the first to professionally transition to Apple's CEO without a civil war within the company, to his "Apple" look, to his ability to step in and run the company when so many thought that Steve Jobs was Apple.

"Like an Apple product, Cook runs smooth and fast," said Lev Grossman, TIME. "When Jobs died on Oct. 5, 2011, of pancreatic cancer, there were questions about whether Cook could lead Apple. Some, myself included, wondered whether Apple was even a viable company without Jobs. Since then Cook has gone about his business apparently unintimidated by his role as successor to one of the greatest innovators in history. Cook’s record hasn’t been flawless, but he has presided in a masterly way over both a thorough, systematic upgrading of each of the company’s major product lines and a run-up in the company’s financial fortunes that can only be described as historic."

Apple was considered a tech superpower when Jobs held the reigns, putting out wildly popular devices like the iPod, iPhone and iPad during his tenure. He was a forceful, outspoken and emotional person, making the quiet and smooth Cook a questionable follower for the position.

Jobs stepped down as CEO in August 2011 and died that October having already told Cook that he was chosen as the next CEO of Apple. Since then, Cook has successfully launched products that continue to be explosively popular (the new iPad, iPhone 5, iPad mini) and has hit some record-breaking sales.

"Cook has done it his way," said Grossman. "Jobs was famously over the top: he came at you from across the room, flashing his lightning-bolt eyebrows, and he browbeat you till you either agreed with him or pretended to, just to make him for God’s sake stop. That’s not how Cook operates. He’s a seducer, a Southern drawler, slow and soft-spoken. He has been observed winking. He doesn’t come at you; he waits for you to come to him. And sooner or later you do, not because you have to but because, dang it, you want to."

Cook certainly has brought Apple through some tough times since his takeover. Earlier this year, The New York Times attacked the company for standing by while its Asian suppliers provided subpar working conditions for its workers.

Later, Apple released its first mapping service after ditching Google Maps, but once it launched, the app was a catastrophe. The service gave images that looked nothing like the location it represented, the navigation was off, and people have even gotten lost in dangerous areas thanks to Apple's mapping.

Cook apologized to customers for the issues, and Apple executives in charge of the maps service like Scott Forstall and Richard Williamson.

Source: TIME

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Pretty sure...
By Cheesew1z69 on 12/20/2012 12:50:49 PM , Rating: 2
They have all the others listed as runner-ups as well, not just Cook.

RE: Pretty sure...
By Samus on 12/20/2012 1:22:42 PM , Rating: 2
Successful? HOW?

RE: Pretty sure...
By drycrust3 on 12/20/2012 1:49:09 PM , Rating: 3
You are right. The way the article is written suggests Cook was pipped at the post by Obama, but that isn't how it should be read. Cook is listed SECOND in the non-alphabetically listed list of runners up. If there was a grading system used, then Cook was third, and if one wasn't then he is one of the four "runners up" equal.

RE: Pretty sure...
By nafhan on 12/20/2012 4:36:59 PM , Rating: 2
I think it basically boils down to Time arbitrarily picking someone based on who they think appeals to their readers. The criteria are purposefully vague.

Interesting fact: the "Person of the Year" feature started off as filler material for a slow news week. As far as I can tell, it has not moved beyond that.

Also interesting: getting elected president of the US is basically a sure fire way to get PotY. The president has been PotY at least once per term since Bush Sr. Bush Jr. and Clinton both got it twice.

RE: Pretty sure...
By drycrust3 on 12/20/2012 7:30:46 PM , Rating: 2
I think it basically boils down to Time arbitrarily picking someone based on who they think appeals to their readers.

I agree. I don't think Cook has done anything that deserves special recognition, in fact, when you consider that he could have sorted the iMaps fiasco out before it was launched, you realise he is ... human.
In regards to the US President being the person of the year, I think that with the US economy running like the mythical lemming for the "Fiscal Cliff", this could be the last time before the next Presidential election that he has of being Person of the Year.

RE: Pretty sure...
By Ringold on 12/21/2012 12:31:36 AM , Rating: 2
So you're saying it's about as legitimate as Nobel Peace Prizes? I agree!

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