NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- In this new post-Jobs era, Apple (AAP) has struggled mightily. Well, sort of. While the stock did continue to make new all-time high after new all-time high, all of the glory -- and happy bulls -- were wiped away when Apple tumbled from $705 in September to $385 in April.It was sort of like a struggling college football team that was once great. Allow me to explain. In our new era of NCAA football, history-rich, polished football universities expect their teams to win. If they don't, they fire the coach. Much like the corporate landscape of top companies, there's little patience and tolerance for average play.
He had Jobs' recruits (iPod, iPhone, iPad) and was able to have some successful runs. But now it's his turn. Now he needs his recruits (future products) to perform as good -- or better than -- Jobs' recruits did. Otherwise, he'll be fired just like the quick-success-turned-failure college football coach. Can he do it? Well that all depends on the future pipeline. He aggravated shareholders to the point where David Einhorn, fund manager for Greenlight Capital, actually tried to take Cook & Co. to court The Link to unlock some of the $140 billion dollars Apple had on its balance sheet.