Steve Jobs made an unusual visit to Apple’s quarterly conference call today, sounding ebullient about Apple’s record sales figures for the fourth quarter of 2010, and boasted of Apple’s dominance over RIM, bashed Google and praised both the homogeny of iOS and the careful thinking that went into the design of the iPad compared to the “avalanche of tablets. Here’re the highlights, and some juicy quotes:
- Apple finally sails past RIM, makers of Blackberry, in this quarter. “I don’t see them catching up in the forseeable future. They must move beyond their comfort area and become a software platform company.”
- Jobs punched back at Google’s claim that Android’s advantage as an open platform. “Google wants to characterize Android as open, and iOS and the iPhone as closed. We think this is disingenuous…Android is very fragmented.”
- Android’s app stores compared with Apple’s App Store: “There will be at least four app stores with Android, which users much search among. This is going to be a mess for users and developers. Compare this with Apple’s integrated app store.”
- Jobs hammers the idea that Apple’s integrated approach is the way to go, compared with Android’s fragmentation: “You know, even if Google were right, and the real issue is closed versus open, it’s worth noting that closed systems don’t always win…we think this open versus closed argument is a smokescreen that hides the real question: What’s better for users — fragmented versus integrated? We believe integrated will trump fragmented every time…we believe that it will triumph over the fragmented approach, no matter how any times Google characterizes it as open.”
- Jobs said the wave of tablets hitting the market are no threat to the iPad: “Let’s talk about the avalanche of tablets; first, there are only a few credible competitors, and they all have seven-inch screens. This size isn’t sufficient to create great tablet apps…we’ve done extensive testing, and 10 inches is the minimum tablet size.
- “The proof of this will be in our competitors pricing, and that’s why we think the current crop of seven-inch tablets will be DOA. Sounds like lots of fun ahead.”