Business Week writes:
So what is Jobs’ secret? There are many, but it starts with focus and a near-religious faith in his strategy. For years, Jobs plugged away at Apple with his more proprietary approach, not worrying much about Wall Street’s complaints. In fact, one of his first moves was to take an ax to Apple’s product line, lopping off dozens of products to focus on just four. “Our jaws dropped when we heard that one,” recalls former Apple chairman Woolard. Time and again since, Apple has eschewed calls to boost market share by making lower-end products or expanding into adjacent markets where the company wouldn’t be the leader. “I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do,” Jobs often says.
It’s all based on a fundamental belief that a killer product will bring killer profits.