Steve Jobs spectacularly lost it during Apple’s quarterly earnings call last night, going after Google Android, RIM and the wider move towards 7-inch tablets to rival the best-selling iPad.
Having released an official statement in which he claimed iPhone sales of 14.1 million were, “…handily beating the 12.1 million phones RIM sold in their most recent quarter,” he then launched a blistering attack on the BlackBerry maker. As well as tearing into the Canadian company’s business model, he also said they wouldn’t be, “…catching up in the foreseeable future.”
Jobs then turned his ire on Android, saying, “… we believe integrated trumps fragmented every time,” referring to Google’s struggles to ensure its mobile OS stays standardised across stacks of different phones. He also said that 275,000 iOS gadgets were being activated daily, compared to 250,000 Android ones, but did admit his key rival did better in June during the iPhone 4’s “transition period”.
Analyst figures have suggested Android has been trumping iOS for some time and will do for months to come. However, Jobs was not fazed, “We have very different approaches -- ours is to make devices that just work.”
His harshest remarks, though, were left for 7-inch tablets, calling them “tweeners” too small to be a tablet and too big to be a phone. "This size is useless unless you include sandpaper so users can sand their fingers down to a quarter of their size,” he said, in comments which will doubtless cause the makers of the Samsung Galaxy Tab and BlackBerry PlayBook to hit back soon. He even claimed competition for the iPad was “DOA”.