Steve Jobs put in a rare appearance at Apple’s quarterly earnings call last night and used the occasion to make his views on Google and RIM quite clear.
Bolstered by the fact that Apple had achieved record profits of $20.3billion for the fiscal fourth quarter, and a cool $4.3 billion on net profit, Steve was clearly in no mood to mince his words.
Firstly he dismissed RIM as simply not being able to catch the iPhone, with Apple’s 14.1 million sales outdoing the 12.1 million Blackberrys.
“We've now passed RIM, and I don't seem them catching up with us in the foreseeable future…. I think it's going to be a challenge for them to create a competitive platform and to convince developers to create apps for yet a third software platform after iOS and Android,” he said.
Next he poured scorn on Google’s belief that its open platform is better than the Apple’s closed system.
"Android is very fragmented. Many Android OEMs, including the two largest, HTC and Motorola install proprietary user interfaces to differentiate themselves from the commodity Android experience. The users will have to figure it all out. Compare this with iPhone, where every handset works the same."
Finally, he dismissed the rash of 7in tablets coming to market as too small to make for user experience, pointing out that a 7in in screen isn’t 70 per cent the size of a 10in iPad, but actually only offer’s 45 per cent of the screen real estate. He also points out that making tablets pocketable is the wrong way to go, as every tablet user will also has a smartphone.
To be honest most of what he said isn’t that revelatory in terms of Apple’s view of things, it’s more the fact that Steve feels comfortable enough to go after his competitors so directly. Then again, if your company is sitting on a $50 billion cash pile and you’ve just added to it with another $4.3 billion in one quarter, you’re going to feel more than a little confident in yourself.
Via: The Guardian