Steve Jobs’ rant from the Apple earnings call has attracted some sharp criticism. First it was the head of Android tweeting the definition of open, then a comment from the TweetDeck developer and now a post from RIM’s Co-CEO criticizing the comment as being “told half a story.”
Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion (RIM) commented on Apple’s “distortion field” and said that “customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple.”
Balsillie also defended 7-inch tablets and Adobe Flash saying it will “be a big portion of the [tablet] market” and Flash “matters to customers who want a real web experience.”
The final salvo came in the form of sales figures which Apple claimed iPhone to have surpassed Blackberry.
“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.”