How today’s Apple has thrown out its old rulebook

When Steve Jobs came back to Apple in 1997, he didn’t like what he saw, so he set about changing the corporate culture. A decade later, one proof of his success was the fact that the company seemed to follow a rulebook, largely behaving with a consistency that allowed those of us who covered the company to react to wild rumors with phrases like “Apple wouldn’t do that” or “That’s not how Apple does things.”

But in the years following —and after the departure of some other Jobs-era executives—Apple has continued to evolve, and, in many cases, it’s torn up the old rulebook. A

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