'Weird' Says Apple's Chair About Steve Jobs' Absence

Arthur Levinson spoke to an audience of Stanford Graduate School of Business students on Tuesday.

Arthur D. Levinson misses Steve Jobs and things at Apple just aren’t the same.

“Weird,” is how Levinson described Apple since Jobs’ death in Oct. 2011, according to a Fortune report.

Levinson, Apple’s chairman, spoke at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business on Tuesday where he talked about how Jobs’ death, and absence, affects him.

“I’m still not to the point where I walk into that board room and don’t miss Steve. He was a one of a kind guy… The Steve Jobs that was in the public eye was not, for the most part, the Steve Jobs that I knew,” Levinson said at the interview.

The interview was conducted on stage by a Stanford student, Vicki Slavina, then took questions from the audience made up mostly of Stanford students, according to Fortune.

He talked about his role as the board chair, the influence he and board members have—or don’t have—on products, and about Apple’s recent earnings.

According to Fortune: “Apple reported $13.1 billion in profit on $54.5 billion in revenues in a quarter Levinson described as "phenomenal." But results that would likely be celebrated by most executives left Apple investors disappointed. The company's stock dropped more than 10 percent in after-hours trading following the announcement, and since its all-time high of $705.07 in September, the price has fallen nearly 35 percent.”


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