Balsillie responds to Jobs
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)
^ Well said Jim, well said!
This is the kind of professional that you WANT running your company and voicing details/concerns at the Quarterly results conference; not some visionary that has a tirade, and hissy fit JUST because one extra month in the quarter their devices sell more in the USA – one country – than RIM.
Jobs, you’re an incredible CEO, visionary, and salesman … but lately with this, and that other tirade during WWDC2010 over mobile WLAN/WWAN’s during your presentation of iPhone 4 … you’re beginning to sound like a winey & crazy child. Get some help and fast.
Please have your team release another update to the Torch as I just got one and think this has great potential. But bring on the 9780 tout suite!