Apple blasts rivals calling other iPad competitors “abortions”
CUPERTINO .- While presenting the company’s record results, Apple CEO Steve Jobs blasted iPad competitors with unusual energy and vehemency, cataloging competing tablets as “abortions”.
The message is clear for Jobs: if it’s not Apple, it does not work.
The promoter of the iPhone, iPod and Mac computers made a rare appearance announcing record sales for the company in the last quarter and started a verbal barrage against Blackberry, Microsoft and Google.
“Manufacturers will have to learn the hard way,” he said.
Apple’s boss was particularly hard on the competing iPad tablets, many of which use Android.
He said future devices with 7 inch screens are “too big to compete with smartphone and too small to cope with the iPad”, so he called them “abortions.” Apple believes that ten inches (the IPAD screen size) is the minimum required to develop good programs on a tablet format.
But more than all, Jobs took the time to criticize the Android mobile operating system from Google, iPhone’s current main competitor.
Android is a counterproposal for the “Apple World”, open sourced and installable on any machine, but more confusing and sometimes with uncontrolled growth, he warned.
Apple in turn keeps the greatest possible control over their operating system IOS, used in iPhones, iPods, iPads and iPod Touch.
The idea is that there are few device models, the same usage concept and one manufacturer.
In the case of Android, different manufacturers are involved, there are smartphones of all kinds, with different screen shapes and sizes, with or without a keyboard.
Android mobile phone sales exceeded the iPhone in the first quarter, Jobs acknowledged, and perhaps in the second, but the price paid to obtain that is “a very fragmented platform.”
Consumers want devices “that work easily” and software developers are happy because Apple require the least effort, he added.
As an example of the negative side of the competition, Jobs informed of the difficulties of the Twitter software developer, TweetDeck, who needed to build more than 100 slightly different versions for Android, adapted to 244 different versions.
“Open systems do not always win,” Jobs said.