RIM Fires Back At Apple

Steve Jobs was full of the smack talk yesterday, mentioning that Apple has passed RIM, and he doesn’t think they’re going back. The CEO of the BlackBerry makers — Jim Balsillie — hasn’t taken this sitting down, and has issued a response (emphasis added):

“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.”

As much as BlackBerry has its diehard fans, the iPhone is making headway in enterprise, and I honestly cannot imagine what the BlackBerry PlayBook could possibly offer over iOS, or even Android 3.0 or WP7 for a tablet.

[via SAI]


  1. Rowan says

    Why is Blackberry bragging? I just don’t get people if people wanted flash on their tablets they would buy a laptop or a netbook. The iPad and iPhone has a flash browser which is called Cloudbrowser. Balckberry is should feel bad because they have buy one get one free deals and iPhone is on one company and competing while they are on all US companies.

  2. Chris W. says

    RIM has already lost when they had the whole show to begin with because they got lazy and sat on their laurels and did not stay on the technological edge. Now they are whining because the iPhone outdid them in a couple of years when they dominated the market. Sure the iPhone hasn’t wanted to open the OS to Adobe Flash (ask an IT professional about getting support for flash btw…) and expose the integrity of their OS to a 3rd party vendor… (ask MS about that) Anyway, any knowledgeable technical person will tell you that having the excess baggage associated with the BES services on top of your email client is a liability (crashed spooler for instance) and having an IMAP client that integrates with your corporate email without extra junk middleware is a good thing. Sure, BES is more secure for now, but they had more than a 5 year head start and their response to the iPhone (the first Storm) was just sad. Stop talking and innovate already.

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