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Inside Apple: How America's Most Admired--and Secretive--Company Really Works

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INSIDE APPLE reveals the secret systems, tactics and leadership strategies that allowed Steve Jobs and his company to churn out hit after hit and inspire a cult-like following for its products.

If Apple is Silicon Valley's answer to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, then author Adam Lashinsky provides readers with a golden ticket to step inside. In this primer on leadership
ebook, 272 pages
Published January 25th 2012 by Business Plus (first published May 10th 2011)
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Aug 05, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
I read Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs before I read Inside Apple. Taken together, both books create a fuller understanding of Apple than each on its own. From this book, I learned a lot more about Apple as a business.

I think the book is well done considering no Apple senior manager (and probably no current employee) would agree to an interview for the book. Adam Lashinsky has drawn extensively from a wide variety of credible sources to overcome that. But I also think it would have be
Michael Parker
Jan 22, 2012 Michael Parker rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was supposed to be a study of Apple from a business perspective, but it fails in almost every regard. The only new information is about Apple University, and that information was already published as a Kindle Single months ago.

There are also some very strange issues and inaccuracies in the book which are very illuminating, and I'll just go straight to quotes from some of the troublesome parts that justify my one star review.

On pg 163 "Technology wonks like to gripe that Apple's produ
Robert Frost
Feb 05, 2012 Robert Frost rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adam Lashinsky is an Editor at Large for FORTUNE magazine, where he has reported on silicon valley for more than a decade. His new book, Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired – and Secretive – Company Really Works, reveals what it is really like to work at Apple. It must have felt like a kick in the stomach for Lashinsky, when Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs was released, because the two books cover a lot of similar ground. But they approach it from different perspectives. Isaacson, ...more
Maria Gebhardt
Feb 16, 2012 Maria Gebhardt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want insight to the perplexing secrecy of what goes on in Cupertino, this book shares information about how meetings were run with designers at the forefront, how employees are so dedicated to working on Apple projects that they put in long hours even through New Year’s Day, and how Apple was such an intense environment that it even pitted employees against employees to deliver products that would awe in a timeframe that would shock the competition.

The book begins with avery unique organ
Bojan Tunguz
Jun 16, 2013 Bojan Tunguz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a longtime fan of Apple’s products, I’ve read a lot about this iconic company over the years. Apple’s willingness to break with the traditions is legendary, and it’s this revolutionary aspect of its products that has earned it the iconoclastic reputation that it has. Most of this revolutionary zeal, and Apple’s overall approach to business, was, of course, based in the particular vision of Steve Jobs, its founder and the CEO during some of the company’s most successful days. My own understand ...more
Mar 28, 2012 Johnrh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
INSIDE APPLE: How America's Most Admired--And Secretive--Company Really Works, by Adam Lashinsky. Published January 2012 by Business Plus of the Hachette Book Group. At slightly over 200 pages this is a clear, fast, easy read, for which I am always grateful.

I enjoyed this book and, more importantly, was educated. The author gives an excellent analysis of what Apple has been and poses thoughtful questions as to what it may be. A lot of food for thought.

It is a somewhat generalized insight into Ap
Jun 30, 2012 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An interesting book, but having first read Isaacson’s Steve Jobs, I found this book not as good. However, there were some insights and details here that fill out the picture of the company.

Apple is very secretive. Even people inside are compartmentalized and don’t know what each other are working on. And unlike other Silicon Valley companies Apple employees don’t talk about work with people from other companies. No one has connections with Apple. Steve Jobs was the only one permitted to have a n
Surya Kumar
Feb 27, 2015 Surya Kumar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inside apple - Simple and fascinating! This was my sequel after reading Steve jobs by Walter Isaacson well this explained "who is Steve?" and Inside Apple explained "what is Apple?". Unlike other company in wall of cupertino, this company not only thinks also "Works different".

I really loved how author revealed the chapter of world's most admired and secretive company through his quote, "EVERY COMPANY HAS SECRETS BUT IN APPLE EVERYTHING IS A SECRET". Apple is not a fun loving place to work all
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- جوبز، مارس الإدارة التفص
Apr 30, 2012 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read quite a few book biographies about Steve Jobs and accounts of Apple and Adam Lashinsky's "Inside Apple" has uncovered new ground. Not only is there quite a bit of new fodder about Apple and its workings, but it helped explain some of my dealings with not only Apple HQ, but those who have worked there in management roles who are now at other organizations. I thought it would be rare to have so many a ha moments with all of the reading about Apple I have done since the early 80s, but a ...more
Edwin Si
Mar 20, 2013 Edwin Si rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard for outsiders to imagine how Apple really works. As what suggested by the author, most of us outsiders would think that working with Apple is cool and it is sort of a dream company you want to work or brag about working in. In reality the company has so much differences compared to any large organisations that I would agree that Apple is not for everyone. The author has quite clearly defined how Apple has become the Apple today and what differentiated them from other companies and what ...more
Mahmoud Shehata
It's really easy now to see why this book has low rating. First up the author is really not a good writer at all. He used a lot of bombastic words that quite didn't fit the topic. He played around with some facts that I know for sure are wrong. It's very obvious that he didn't read the autobiography by walter isaacson. Which is VERY irritating.
However if you can take the author out and focus on the news and inside stories told about Apple - which he doesn't cite most of their references - you wi
Derek Choi
Powered through the entire book in 2 days.

If you read 'How Apple Works' by the author in Fortune magazine and the Steve Jobs biography you'd get a pretty good idea on what is going on in this book, there were some interesting tidbits but sadly most of them were revealed by blogs/mainstream media before I got a chance to read the book.

Ultimately I found the content of the book engaging, because Apple is a company that interests me but I wasn't blown away.
Mar 17, 2013 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pretty light in unique content, although I did gain some new insights about Apple the company. 'Everyone in Apple wants to get out and everyone outside Apple wants to get in.' says it all. Rather hire then promote. Cast aside once your specific project is over. Secretive and compartmentalize (like terrorist cell). Seems the Apple's structure was customized to serve a visionary narcissist. Now that he - Jobs - is gone, Apple will atrophy as current product line matures...unfortunate.
Andrew Long
Aug 13, 2016 Andrew Long rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's amazing how little information really gets out of Apple, even for a well-respected journalist like Lashinsky. The book had some good Steve quotes and a smattering of insider information, but really, the era of Total Secrecy at Apple is far from over. By the way, his answer to the question "What will Apple be like without Steve Jobs?": "Who knows? Probably different"
Jeff Yoak
Another enjoyable read about Apple. Through their products and all the things that make them unusual as a company in my industry, it is one of the companies in which I have the most interest. Unlike the Jobs biography, this focused more on the company itself and how it operates and it rounded out more the sense of the place.
Nov 14, 2012 stan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is definitely an OK book for an outsider. However, if you live in silicon valley and are familiar with what is going on around you, this book just doesn't have anything new in it... could have been an article, really.
Nov 30, 2016 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good inside stories about how Apple has managed to keep in startup mode - with personal accountability, creativity, internal competition, lots of secrecy, etc. And a description of the transition after Jobs, and thoughts about how things may change - whether they will be able to retain their unique character without him.
This is an expansion of a May 2011 article in Fortune by the author, I suspect motivated by the attention given to Apple with the passing of Steve Jobs and the huge attention given to Isaacson's wonderful authorized biography of Jobs.

The book succeeds at a basic level in telling how the firm worked under Jobs and may work since his passing. There are lots of interesting facts about Apple operations and culture as well as about the management team that helped to make Apple so successful under Ste
Apple really does 'Think Differently'! The very fabric of this iconic company, that now has a capitalization of $590.8 billion (soon to be a trillion?) is that it's - contrarion.

This is a company that doesn't do things the old stodgy way. Think IBM.

As large as the company is, the author of 'Inside Apple', Adam Lashinsky, explains that it's been a single P&L company; not divided into divisions or consumed with committees. In Apple "only one executive 'owned' the P&L, and that was the ch
jerry a castro
Jan 02, 2017 jerry a castro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The author provides very insightful material along with examples. It is clear why Steve Jobs was such as success in business.
Jay Connor
Aug 29, 2013 Jay Connor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There have been a lot of business books that intend to tout the destined silver bullet of success and leadership of a particular company or leader. From the 1970's "The IBM Way" to the 2010's "What Would Google Do?" (reviewed here). Usually, they are simply variations on MBA 101. Refreshingly "Inside Apple," Adam Lashinsky's strong account of this very successful corporation does in fact present us with a unique way of doing business. Throughout, you are challenged with approaches to business as ...more
Josh McConnell
Jun 06, 2012 Josh McConnell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, technology
With the recent passing of Steve Jobs, more books than usual have surfaced to try to give readers insight into Apple and the life of its founder/CEO. The incredibly detailed Steve Jobs was insightful and authorized by the Jobs family, which is an advantage over most other books out there. With Apple being such a secretive company, unless you are on the inside you must rely on your own external research and interviews with people close to the organization when writing your own narrative.

All of th
Mar 19, 2015 Krishna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book “Inside Apple” tells what really happened and happening inside Apple before Steve Job’s and after. Steve Job’s before resigning to his CEO job, he was introduced Apple Business concepts like the “Direct Responsible Individual”, Apple University, and the Top 100.

Steve Job’s doesn’t like to join any other board of other independent company in a different business than Apple and to attend other company meetings. You can’t see Jobs outside Apple. Jobs always happy to release new products i
Oct 21, 2013 Ruben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is another good book about Apple, its culture, Steve Jobs, and speculation about its future. Most of the information written in this piece has been available elsewhere. There are little if any new revelations. However as a business book the author makes a good correlation between the leader and his work. Apple is an expression-extension and maybe a replication of the person Steve Jobs… at least while he obsessively dominated Apple. Principles or values he held in life such as “…if you’re go ...more
Sena Khateeb
Aug 19, 2013 Sena Khateeb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I have ever enjoyed a book that is not a novel as much as I enjoyed this one. I read the Arabic version, and the translation was really good; not confusing at all.
The book discusses the secrecy Apple functions under, the business rules it breaks, and how much the company focuses on details. It discusses Steve Jobs as well: his temper, his early days, how he saved Apple, how everything had to go through him before it got out to the public... This poses a series of serious questions:
NJ Wong
Feb 03, 2016 NJ Wong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written narrative of Apple's management practice. Apple, under Steve Jobs, is not really a great company. It is run like a monarchy, where everything seems to be done simply for one person, Jobs. Jobs also seems to be paranoid about everything, and this paranoia sends him into a form of vindictiveness that is absolutely frustrating to see. Although Jobs has a great eye for design, paying attention to details, and knowing exactly what customer wants, the way Jobs goes about achieving his aim ...more
This book, though engaging, was also a quick read and left me kind of unfulfilled. There's not a whole lot here that hasn't been reported elsewhere on Apple. "Inside Apple" feels like a long magazine article, because that's essentially what it is.

Lashinsky does a good job describing the ways Apple defies conventional business wisdom, making the company palpably different from other large companies, as well as other tech companies in Silicon Valley. Compared to others, Apple has tried hard to sol
Maciej Janiec
Selected insights from the book:

Focus Obsessively / The Art of Refusal

Steve Jobs explaining Apple’s core strengths: “Focusing is powerful. A start-up’s focus is very clear. Focus is not saying yes. It is saying no to really great ideas.”

From the moment Jobs returned, the corporate culture changed. Now it would and employees would focus on whatever it was they did best—and nothing else. To this day, graphics runs graphics; logistics controls logistics; finance worries about the bottom line.

Work E
Dec 29, 2015 Yamato rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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