Apple CEO Steve Jobs has come under fire from Netgear Global Chairman and CEO Patrick Lo despite the turtleneck-loving Apple head currently absent from the company due to health reasons.
Not perturbed by Jobs’ dwindling health Lo laid into the cancer survivor at a product launch in Australia yesterday with a number of insensitive comments reportedly declaring Apple’s closed software nature was based solely on Job’s over-inflated ego and would ultimate become the company’s downfall with Android’s open nature to take the foreground.
Adding further insult to illness-induced injury Lo went on to callously state: "Once Steve Jobs goes away, which is probably not far away, then Apple will have to make a strategic decision on whether to open up the platform.” He added: "Ultimately a closed system just can't go that far... If they continue to close it and let Android continue to creep up then it's pretty difficult as I see it."
Steve Jobs announced earlier this month that he was to take an indefinite leave of absence from Apple to concentrate on his health. With COO Tim Cook set to take the day-to-day reigns of the company, Jobs' absence echoes back to recent years when he has been forced into medical leave by pancreatic cancer and an urgent liver transplant.
Keen to get in every possible jab before the bell rang Lo turned to Apple’s mobile bug-bear Flash for his final blow. He said: "What's the reason for him to trash Flash? There's no reason other than ego."
Not wanting to let any of the big boys get away scot-free Lo then turned his sharp-tongued attention to Microsoft and the recent arrival of the Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system. Condemning the industry and publicly acclaimed OS to failure Lo announced: "Microsoft is over -- game over, from my point of view.”