Apple makes an awkward new hire

Kevin Lynch once blew up an iPhone on camera. That's going to make for an interesting first day at the office.

By Kim Peterson Mar 20, 2013 4:25PM
The Apple Inc. logo is displayed on the back of the new MacBook Pro David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesKevin Lynch hasn't been a fan of Apple (AAPL). He once filmed a video of himself destroying iPhones with dynamite and a steamroller.

So when news broke that Lynch is leaving Adobe Systems (ADBE) to join the very company he once trashed, some Apple watchers had a fit. John Gruber called him a "bozo" and a "bad hire."

The move is extremely surprising. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs hated Adobe's Flash platform and banned it from his products, saying that Flash was too unstable and insecure. Jobs even penned a letter in 2010 listing Flash's many flaws.

That put Adobe and Lynch on the defensive, and they clashed with Apple many times over the years, with Lynch accusing Apple of "negative campaigning" and hurtful behavior.

That's going to make for an interesting first day at the office for Lynch, who is joining as a vice president of technology.

Lynch's hiring probably reflects two realities at Apple. First, CEO Tim Cook isn't one to hold a grudge, particularly one handed down from his predecessor. Second, Apple needs a smart technology chief, especially someone that can help it further expand in the cloud -- an area where Google (GOOG) has been eating its lunch.

Lynch helped Adobe develop its Creative Cloud software, a monthly membership program that gives subscribers access to some of Adobe's applications. Lynch could use his expertise to create more cloud services for Apple, analysts say.

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Mar 20, 2013 6:05PM

Apple products are just too high in my opinion - period!


iPhones, iPad's, iMac's - price points are just not friendly working class citizens - or better yet, lower middle class.

Mar 21, 2013 8:53AM
Mar 20, 2013 8:11PM
I bash Apple all the time. Not because they make overpriced gold plated crap, but because of the way they allow subcontracted help to be enslaved, beaten... If I were President, I'd tell them to hire at a minimum of 75% Americans, or lose their American Corporation Status for tax evasion.
And for the record, I do not use a smartphone. I have a crappy 10 year old Kyocera. Of Course, I'd tell the same to MS, Google and all the other corporate welfare queens.
Mar 21, 2013 10:04AM
introducing the iFed-up. we won't bother you with the details. we're fed up too.

Mar 21, 2013 11:36AM

Let’s all be is not like Apple is the only company that offshore job to low labor cost countries. If our own country did not regulate the companies 'out of business' i am sure more would stay. As for Samsung being the new Apple... REALLY? all they have done is taken what Apple has innovated and added a few bells and whistles....

Apples innovation changed the landscape of communication for humanity. The same as what Tesla did for electric power (i.e. AC vs DC). The bottom line is that Apple is secretive about their business and rightfully so. If they were not you could rest assure that Samsung or others would be stealing their ideas! 

Mar 21, 2013 10:57AM
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
Mar 21, 2013 10:19AM
Apple is on its way down, too arrogant.
Mar 21, 2013 12:09PM
Those that complain about corp paying low wages in overseas mfg plants are saying "damn those people they should not have a job and should just stay as whores and sell their children likewise."  How compassionate.  If the beef is lost American jobs, ok.   But economics have sway here too.
Mar 21, 2013 3:13PM



Do you not beleive people have personal responsibiltiy?  You people are always believing someone and usually a corporation for the poor decisions of people.  In this case you believ target marketing for poor people chosing a I-phone over food!  Are you serious?  First off what "target marketing"  Secondly,  you have a very low opinion of people assuming they are too stupid to know to chose food over a I-phone.


I say, people chose to not take responsibility for themselves because the likes of Obama, Nancy, Reid tell them "it is not your fault", "Someone else screwed you", and "it is ok, we will buy you a phone, pay for your food, garantee you medicine and retirement".  Given that I must say that people are only being logical playing the hands that Obama gives them.  It is the rest of us that are stupid for continuing to vote for these people who only steal from us.  We are stupid if we do not see it.  Those on the take are not stupid, they know what is going on and TAKE it.  Then, like you, they paly the whine game, the blame game, .....



Mar 20, 2013 10:04PM
In addition to itv, iwatch, and ipads of all sizes, my guess is the addition of the ipen and ipencil set.
Mar 21, 2013 12:18PM
I think Apple is a great company they help alot of charities such as Ipads for Autism and nonverbal kids. Alot of schools use them in speech therapies and such i guess unless you have been touched by such kindness you don't realize its there.
Mar 20, 2013 7:57PM
Mar 21, 2013 7:51AM

Good for you! What about the people who can't afford even food but are dragged into the fray of believing that they need an apple product because of the companies method of targeting consumers? In the end, people don't need a high end computer, they need a product, an affordable product that helps them learn and be productive, not fashionable and broken. For those who resell yes they do it cause by the time the product turns around and a new one is introduce the persons who wanted the first version have scrimped and saved and neglected some of their more important needs to get the now old model because they were fooled by the media/advertisement sensation. The APPLE is rotten to the core, and all they do with your money is keep it off shore and yet you still give more to them for worthless junk. Tell me who has become more intelligent by using these products  in the time that they have been producing them?


Now you have the people feeling that we need it in schools so the people will have to cover the cost with Tax Payers Dollars and again apple becomes even more rich while the students cant even write a letter cause the depend on spell check and apps to write and spell for them. Don't you see man's devices are deceitful and misleading, these are the products of man and they benefit nothing more than fools self-worth. Just my opinion.

I have an apple in fact all the new stuff. I cant believe that they know more than i do..But i can turn them on and off. 
Mar 21, 2013 5:22PM

I am an old man with no life in me. but I do no this apple is bad. arrogant and like myself....always thinking of me me me



Mar 21, 2013 3:20PM

LKJ Holdings,


You are right economics dictate.  Those who complain about off-shoring are in denial of reality. 


For most companies, if they did not manufacture XYZ product in an off-shore location, they would not mfg AT ALL.  Why?  FIrst off if they did not mfg off-shore some Asian Company or European company would, and produce teh product much cheaper than the U.S. firm.  Is this not OBVIOUS?  Then, again the left wants what they want and they want the "reality" they chose, so the deny the obvious here.  Secondly, you have Obama/Leftist regulation.  They push for the most expensive energy prices , ie wind and solar, which mfg have to buy here in the U.S.  Again, U.S. cost competetiveness goes out hte window!  How does a U.S. firm who may have to purchse 20 cent or 30 cent a KW power compete with cheap coal energy in China?  Well, they can't unless they go off-shore and buy that cheap power.  Again, you can wish this is not true but it is.  There are dozens of such realities, but teh left wishes to scream and deny it all.

Mar 21, 2013 5:23PM
Mar 21, 2013 3:21PM
This is an easy one ... they hired Kevin because they need the expertise to continue growing ... which is what everyone is finally understanding ... it is not easy to keep growth at their size and success. I worked with him years ago at Frame ... good guy, strong technical mind. He's been at it long enough to give them some needed "not grown here" depth and perspective. Smart move for both Kevin and Apple.
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