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Cult of Mac’s top news stories and features to peruse on your iPad or iPhone. This week, our early-early adopter Charlie Sorrel weighs in once more on the iPad vs. desktop debate, plus how to fix your iPhone camera and hide those compromising shots from your mom, and we take a test drive of outlawed parking apps.
Who will lead the herd at Apple?
Photo: Andy Ihnatko, CC-licensed, Flickr.
Tim Ferriss Many Cupertino employees might well cheer the arrival of the "lifestyle design" author of The Four Hour Workweek, nominated by reader Tim Sweeney on Facebook. Photo: from The Four Hour Chef
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
"Erdogan of course. Two birds with one stone," says reader @oemoral nominating Turkey's embattled Prime Minister and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Twitter. Perhaps a job at Apple would make him rethink his stance on shutting off the information firehose of Twitter and YouTube. Photo: Πρωθυπουργός της Ελλάδας, CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Richard Branson also got a shout out from you guys - the Virgin Group founder and intrepid adventurer definitely has the bravado Apple needs to move forward into the future. Photo: via Richard Branson, Google+
Guy Kawasaki Apple should bring back its one-time chief evangelist, says Charles Roberts on Facebook. "Well, I'm pretty sure if Apple hired any but one or two of your suggestions that would be the end of Apple. Elon Musk would be great, but I should add Fred Vogelstein, Walter Issacson, Steve Levy, Walt Mossberg, or even Deepak Chopra. Heck, try to get Guy Kawasaki back, he'd be great." Photo: courtesy Guy Kawasaki
Who wouldn't like to be a thought leader at Apple? A lot of you are sure to be just the right person for Apple. "Hire me! I think like a lot," says reader Jonmicol on Twitter. His sentiments were echoed by Chuck Shipley, Charlie Waffles, Patrick Baldwin and Whoizdan, among others. Cupertino, you've got some great candidates! Photo: Darwin Bell, CC-licensed, on Flickr
This Chinese serial entrepreneur and popular blogger, nominated by @justor95 on Twitter, is at the helm of Smartisan, an Android-based OS platform. A tireless consumer advocate, he's once led a protest that smashed faulty fridge doors to get the attention of Siemens. Imagine his thoughts on antenna-gate. Photo: via Yonghao's Weibo account
Sir James Dyson
The industrial design mastermind, who received multiple nods from readers, is "the logical choice" says Scott Kuhn on Facebook. Dyson's vacuums, fans and other gizmos could bring a real spin to the Internet of things at the Cupertino company. Photo: Michiel Hendryckx, CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Cult of Mac readers came through again: after our nominees, here are your semi-serious and sometimes outrageous picks for who should be coming up with the next big ideas at Apple.
One small footnote: Apple tweaked the job title on us. Now they are looking for a “business intelligence thought leader” rather than just a plain old “thought leader,” but the party game is still a fun one.
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Who would be the perfect 'thought leader' for Apple?
Here's a short list of contenders who could get the company thinking different again. Photo: Fovea Centralis/Flickr CC
The pop star has been Apple-happy ever since he swapped his BlackBerry for a solid gold iPhone. His smash Academy Award-nominated Happy also showed he has global reach - check out the YouTube versions from Iran to Britain. Photo courtesy Back Lot Music, under license to Columbia Records.
We had a brainwave after seeing the soccer star featured in the latest Beats by Dre ad. The Brazilian forward who plays in Barcelona has already acted as ambassador for his home country's pop music; why not for Apple? Photo courtesy Beats Electronics
“It's not the consumers' job to know what they want,” Steve Jobs once famously said. An entire generation of teens didn’t know they gave an OMG about American history until John Green came along with his fast-moving, pithy Crash Course videos. Green could further stack the deck on Apple’s education efforts, ensuring the company stays relevant for generations to come. Photo courtesy Crash Course
Her standup routines frequently put technology under the microscope. Whether it’s an emergency stylist for selfies or sexting Amy Schumer's got a real feel for how Apple changes our lives. Also, she’s all about sex. Apple should grow up and stop pretending to be Disney. Photo courtesy Comedy Central
Because he is a futurist without having to call himself one, the author of The Better Angels of Our Nature and The Stuff of Thought would be an excellent counterweight to Google’s guru Ray Kurzweil. Photo: Rebecca Goldstein/Wikipedia CC
Another smart Brit could be just the ticket for Apple. Think of what Apple could do with John Oliver’s wit, which fuels things like his hilarious campaign for net neutrality. Photo courtesy HBO
In the driver’s seat of Tesla, the tech veteran of PayPal and SpaceX has shown he can think different. Plus, Elon Musk's recent move to allow Tesla patents to be used by anyone in good faith is a world away from the senseless bickering over rectangles in the Apple-Samsung patent war. Photo: Zobacz Zasady/Wikipedia CC
For staff morale, we nominate the wisecracking star of Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters. Plus, Bill Murray's seeming ability to pop up everywhere — from a couple’s engagement photo to The New Yorker — could only be good publicity for Apple. Photo courtesy Columbia Pictures
As former secretary of state and one-time first lady, Hill fits the bill for Apple thought leader in many ways, since the job requires “experience indirectly managing and influencing a global, diverse team” and “a proven track record of working well with all levels of leadership.” Plus, working for Apple has gotta be more fun than running for president. Photo: U.S. Department of State
Apple is looking to hire a thought leader. While the actual job listing — blah blah blah “execution of critical sale reporting projects” blah blah blah — sounds about as exciting as a new ink cartridge, the idea of a thought leader role at a company like Apple is worth pondering.
Ever since the death of co-founder Steve Jobs, there’s been much speculation and hand-wringing over who could assume his role as Apple’s foremost visionary. Although no one can ever fill his New Balances, we’ve rounded up a short list of leaders who might kick the Cupertino company in a new direction.
Who do you think should drive Apple’s big ideas? Check out our picks in the gallery above, then nominate yours in the comments below.
All Cult of Mac’s news to peruse on your iPad or iPhone. This week we’ve got a tune up to keep your Mac running in top shape, plus news of the Macs that will be in stores soon and a love letter to Apple’s first commercial hit, the Apple II.