Sunday, October 24, 2010

RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie Fires Back at Steve Jobs after Apple Earning Call Comments

blackberry torch VS IPHONE4 300x189 RIM Co CEO Jim Balsillie Fires Back at Steve Jobs after Apple Earning Call Comments

We all know that there has been a very long battle between both Apple and RIM. The war started when Apple announced their first generation iPhone and is still continuing today. However the battle has now made its way into the Tablet industry, with RIM announcing the BlackBerry PlayBook. Today during Apple’s earning call, Steve Jobs had some very harsh things to say about RIM and its BlackBerry PlayBook. Check out what he had to say by going to Well this didn’t sit well with the BlackBerry community, including RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie. Balsillie fired back with the following statement:

“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.”

- Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion (RIM)

That’a boy Jim! I don’t think I could have said it any better.

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