Research In Motion [RIM] Co-CEO Responds To Steve Jobs Statements


by casey on October 19, 2010

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has put some statements yesterday against some big names including Android operating system, Research in Motion RIM and TweetDeck app for Android handsets. Android VP Andy Rubin through his first ever tweet responded to Apple’s CEO and telling how Android is an open system. After that TweetDeck CEO Iain Dodsworth responded to Steve Jobs telling him how developing an Android app is not a nightmare and fragmentation issue is a small thing. Now its the turn of RIM which fires back at Jobs’ statements by referring to Apple’s distortion issue.

RIM’s co-CEO Jim Balsillie on BlackBerry’s official blog responded:

For those of us who live outside of Apple’s distortion field, we know that 7? tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience. We also know that while Apple’s attempt to control the ecosystem and maintain a closed platform may be good for Apple, developers want more options and customers want to fully access the overwhelming majority of web sites that use Flash. We think many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple. And by the way, RIM has achieved record shipments for five consecutive quarters and recently shared guidance of 13.8 14.4 million BlackBerry smartphones for the current quarter. Apple’s preference to compare its September-ending quarter with RIM’s August-ending quarter doesn’t tell the whole story because it doesn’t take into account that industry demand in September is typically stronger than summer months, nor does it explain why Apple only shipped 8.4 million devices in its prior quarter and whether Apple’s Q4 results were padded by unfulfilled Q3 customer demand and channel orders. As usual, whether the subject is antennas, Flash or shipments, there is more to the story and sooner or later, even people inside the distortion field will begin to resent being told half a story.”

Yesterday, Steve Jobs statement against Research In Motion was quite teasing for the company that made them reply. Jobs explained his point of view on RIM by saying:

We’ve now passed RIM and I don’t see them catching up with us in the foreseeable future. They must move beyond their area of strength and comfort into the unfamiliar territory of trying to become a software platform company. 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. With 300k apps on Apple’s app store, RIM has a high mountain ahead of them to climb.”

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