Just because Steve Jobs is take a leave of absence for his health doesn’t mean COO and acting head of Apple Tim Cook doesn’t want to have a go at it. In an earning call today Cook discussed his feelings about the iPad’s competition, knocking Windows tablets for being “big, heavy, and expensive” and called out Android tablets for being “scaled-up smartphone[s]” that are a “bizarre product.”
Here is Cook’s full response:
“Q: What about iPad competitors?
TC: There’s not much out there as you know. There are two kinds of groups today (in the market) — the ones using a Windows-based operating system. They’re big, heavy and expensive. Weak battery life. Need keyboard or stylus. From our point of view, customers aren’t interested in that.
Then you have the Android tablets. The variety shipping today, the OS wasn’t designed for a tablet — but Google said this. So you wind up having the size of a tablet that’s less than reasonable. Or one that’s not even a real tablet experience. It’s a “scaled-up smartphone” – that’s a bizarre product in our view. Those are what is shipping today. If you do a side-by-side with an iPad, some enormous percentage are going to pick the iPad. We have no concern there.
In terms of next generation. There’s nothing shipping yet. So I don’t know. “Today they’re vapor.” However, we’re not sitting still. We have a huge first-mover advantage. And a huge user advantage from iTunes to the App Store. Huge number of apps and an ecosystem. We’re very confident entering into a fight with anyone.”
Guess there won’t be a break from Jobs’ style of elitist views towards mobile platforms anytime soon.