He's Staying-- Probably (9/27/01)

We close today with one of life's greatest conundrums; ideally, this issue would have arisen on a Friday, so we could leave you baffled for the entire weekend, but sadly, it was not to be. Anyway, as regular viewers will recall, a couple of days ago we mentioned rumors that Avie Tevanian, Apple's software guru and long the DynaGirl to Steve's ElectraWoman, was preparing to bail. This rather alarming bit of info was pulled from the pages of the New York Post, and we don't mind saying that it set a whole lot of the Mac community on edge.

Yesterday, however, faithful viewer Kevin Wojniak pointed out that Mac OS Rumors ran the headline "Avie Tevanian not leaving Apple," and advised readers to "rest easy" because the Boy Wonder isn't going anywhere. According to MOSR, Mr. Tevanian isn't polishing his résumé, but rather cracking the whip on the development teams responsible for post-10.1 versions of Mac OS X and "many application efforts like the long-rumored iPhoto/iPicture." In other words, it's business as usual for Avie, according to MOSR's sources.

So here's the conundrum: we've got two utterly conflicting stories, here, so whom do you choose to believe-- Mac OS Rumors, or the New York Post? Not that we're impugning the reliability of either source, of course (at least, not in any overt or legally actionable way), but truly, 'tis a puzzler for the ages. Chew on that one for a while.

All kidding aside, we're happy to find we're leaning heavily to the MOSR side of the fence on this one. Perhaps it's just wishful thinking, but given Avie's sheer importance to Apple's long-term strategy and his extensive history with Steve and Apple (and NeXT before that), we have to think that Apple would need to be in pretty rough shape before the guy would jump ship. Still, a rumor's a rumor, and only time will tell-- but if the Post turns out to be right on this, we're going to have to start getting our hard news from the National Enquirer.

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The above scene was taken from the 9/27/01 episode:

September 27, 2001: Saddle Creek's still on hold, but the opening of the Palo Alto Apple store is just nine days away. Meanwhile, the $799 bare-bones iMac may be returning to Apple's product line-up this Saturday, and Mac OS Rumors denies the New York Post's report that Avie Tevanian has one foot out the door...

Other scenes from that episode:

  • 3326: Hitting Too Close To Home (9/27/01)   Okay, folks, get your retail mojo workin' again-- while Apple has indefinitely postponed the opening of its Saddle Creek store while it continues to try to worm around Germantown's excessive signage restrictions, the company has added the long-awaited Palo Alto store to the on-deck circle; this latest Gap-for-Mac-lovers location is slated to open on October 6th...

  • 3327: Getting Back To Basics (9/27/01)   You all know, of course, that journalism has no place here at AtAT, seeing as this is a soap opera and not the nightly news. As such, the very notion of "journalistic integrity" means less to us than a textbook on European macroeconomics that's been translated into Swahili...

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