Tuesday was a good day for Tim Cook. On the 10-year anniversary of his appointment as Apple CEO, tributes to his leadership of the company began flowing—drowning out, for a moment, the gripes from some of his critics.
The most common of the Cook complaints is that Apple has lost its creative razzle-dazzle. His predecessor, Steve Jobs, hit a nearly unbroken series of home runs with the iPod, iPhone, iPad and the App Store. Cook, in contrast, can claim credit for the Apple Watch, AirPods and some of the growth in Apple’s highly profitable services business—all solid doubles and triples.